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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.

Public Engagement Summary for Phase 1 - August 2018

The City has compiled a summary of recurring themes from stakeholder and public input received on the project.

50 Street What We Heard Summary

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.

Event Materials:

Fact Sheet

Display Boards

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

Project Overview

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.

Project History

Project Update - May 2018

On May 15, 2018, the City of Edmonton welcomed the federal government’s commitment to provide funding required to grade separate the 50 Street and Canada Pacific Railway crossing just north of Sherwood Park Freeway. With this announcement, construction of the grade separation is expected to begin in 2019 with utility work happening first. Construction is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2023.

News Release

Concept Plans - 2010

Concept plans for this project were prepared in 2010 and are currently being validated, but are not yet final. The 2010 plans indicate project limits extending from 90 Avenue to Whitemud Drive, while the project limits in the current study extend from 90 Avenue to 76 Avenue only. The 2010 plans include the widening concept plan and the grade separation concept plan.

For More Information

Jamie Bartsch




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