The City is reviewing the concept plan for widening the section of 50 Street, between 76 and 90 Avenue, to improve traffic in this area.
Geotechnical work - July 2018
Starting Monday, July 9, Thurber Engineering will begin drilling holes as part of the geotechnical investigations required for the grade separation of the rail crossing.
This and other field work will continue throughout the months of July, August and September to gather background information on the area. This will help determine how the railway grade separation could be designed and constructed. Work will occur during daytime hours and should have minimal disruptions to traffic in the area.
Public Information Session - June 2018
The City held a drop-in public information session to share details about the project and answer questions on June 26, 2018 at The King's University.
(l-r) The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Councillor Ben Henderson, Councillor for Ward 8.
About the Project
50 Street provides access to adjacent developing industrial areas and functions as a major north-south commuter and goods movement corridor. Currently, the at-grade Canada Pacific (CP) Railway crossing along 50 Street, north of Sherwood Park Freeway, ranks among the top three priority locations to grade separate in the City based on delays, number of vehicles impacted, frequency of train crossings and other factors.
With ongoing development along the 50 Street corridor, particularly along the industrial and residential areas south of Sherwood Park Freeway, traffic volumes and congestion at this crossing will continue to increase.
The project will include:
- Widening 50 Street to a six-lane divided roadway from 76 Avenue to 90 Avenue
- Replacement and widening of the existing bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway
- Grade separation of the existing CP railway crossing north of Sherwood Park Freeway
- Addition of active modes infrastructure (such as bike and pedestrian paths)
- Relocation of overhead utilities
Approximate study area - does not represent the actual limits of construction
Where We Are
The City is reviewing the previously completed 2010 concept plan and validation should be complete in summer 2018. The 2010 concept plan recommends:
- Widening 50 Street from 4 to 6 lanes
- Lowering the roadway under the railway crossing
- Replacing the bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway
Grade separating the railway tracks and widening 50 Street will accommodate existing and future traffic demands as well as remove any delays that now exist at the railway crossing.