On December 16, 2016, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta joined the City of Edmonton to announce joint funding for improving the Yellowhead Trail to better accommodate current and future traffic. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing up to $241.6 million, with the City of Edmonton providing remaining funding for a total of over $1 billion.
The Yellowhead Freeway project is anticipated to achieve free flowing traffic along the full length of Yellowhead Trail. This work will be scheduled to occur over the next 10 years. The project focuses on the removal of at-grade intersections between 156 Street and the North Saskatchewan River in the east/west directions while still maintaining north/south connectivity where technical feasible. Concept planning, design, and construction will be staged in a manner of optimizing efficiency and to minimize traffic impacts.
The current status of the various segments along the corridor is at different stages.
Concept planning has not been completed for the section between St Albert Trail and 97 Street, which will identify the configuration of interchanges at 127 Street and 121 Street. A large component of executing on the concept planning work will be engaging with communities and businesses to identify how the proposed changes will impact the area and identify potential mitigating strategies to address the impacts. This concept planning is scheduled to occur over the next two years.
Concept planning has been completed for the section between 156 Street and St. Albert Trail, and between 97 Street and the North Saskatchewan River. The next project phase of design for these sections will be staged to meet construction timelines. Public engagement will include connecting with affected property owners as work in these sections progresses.
The project website (www.edmonton.ca/yellowheadtrail) will be updated regularly with project information and public engagement opportunities. I want to encourage you to attend and participate in the public engagement sessions and conversations, and to be an active part of the planning process.