About the Project
The City of Edmonton has developed a recommended long-range concept plan for 75 Street between Wagner Road and Argyll Road.
75 Street is part of Edmonton’s inner ring road and is intended to facilitate cross-town movements on a high capacity roadway within the city limits. The purpose of this study was to determine roadway improvements that will allow for smoother and safer traffic flow along 75 Street, ensuring the efficient movement of goods and services across Edmonton.
The planning project from Wagner Road to Argyll Road will look at widening the road from a 4-lane to a 6-lane urban roadway with access management and intersection improvements, and a possible grade separation (underpass or overpass) on the CP Rail line. The 75 Street corridor south of Wagner Road is part of the proposed Valley Line (Southeast) LRT corridor and is designed to accommodate 6 lanes of traffic. The two sections of roadway are envisioned to mesh seamlessly.
The plan also anticipates changes to traffic patterns around the proposed Valley Line LRT Station, Transit Centre and Park ‘n Ride facility at the corner of 75 Street and Wagner Road.
A number of design options were looked at in order to develop a concept plan that would meet the functional requirement for all modes of transportation and minimizes impacts to the adjacent property owners.
The scope of the concept planning phase included a review of:
- Underpass or overpass grade separation at the CPR crossing
- Widening of 75 Street from 4 lanes to 6 lanes (Urban roadway design includes sidewalks, shared-use paths, streetlights, trees and provision for underground utilities such as drainage)
- Access and intersection changes along the corridor
- Property requirements
- Utility relocation
- Pedestrian and alternate transportation mode accommodation
- Safety and operational improvements along the corridor
Construction will be completed. The area will be fully open for use in its new form.
Construction will start in 2021, beginning with roadway network changes off Yellowhead Trail.
2020: Detailed Design
Refine the preliminary design and prepare plans and specifications that will guide construction and ensure that changes are built to standards.
2020: Preliminary Design
Develop the concept plan in more detail, determine issues and constraints and how those can be managed. Prepare schedule and budget.
Developing a plan for what will be built and what it will look like including changes to the broader roadway network.
The Yellowhead Strategic Plan directed the closure of access to and over Yellowhead Trail at 66 Street.
Where We Are Today
The 75 Street Planning Study is in the concept stage of the project lifecycle. Interviews with impacted stakeholders along 75 Street were conducted in early 2014. Project updates were posted on the website and roadside signs informed the public of updates.
This recommended concept plan balances the concerns of stakeholders, the technical requirements of the project, and the City's policies.
There is currently no budget allocated to this project and therefore no timeline for construction.
May 2014 - Project Update
75 Street recommended concept plan is now available for review.
Highlights of the plan include:
- CP Rail underpass
- 4 lane to 6 lane road widening
- Addition of shared-use path on either side of 75 Street
- Addition of retaining wall and embankments at the underpass
- Access closures to businesses adjacent to the underpass