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The City is finalizing preliminary designs to widen 50 Street from 76 to 90 Avenue, and grade separate the CP Rail Crossing to improve traffic flow.

Where We Are

The City is finalizing the preliminary design which is anticipated to be completed in 2019. The preliminary design includes:

  • Widening 50 Street from 4 to 6 lanes

  • Grade separating the CP 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.

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 Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway crossing along 50 Street, north of Sherwood Park Freeway, ranks among the top 3 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 be split into 2 phases:

Phase 1 includes:

  • Widening 50 Street to a 6-lane divided roadway from Sherwood Park Freeway to 90 Avenue

  • 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

Phase 2 includes:

  • Widening 50 Street to a 6-lane divided roadway from 76 Avenue to Sherwood Park Freeway

  • Replacement and widening of existing bridge over Sherwood Park Freeway

  • Addition of active modes infrastructure (such as bikes and pedestrian paths)

  • Relocation of overhead utilities

50 Street Widening - Preliminary Phase 1

Approximate study area - does not represent the actual limits of construction

Project History

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

Geotechnical work was done summer 2018 including drilling holes as part of the geotechnical investigations required for the grade separation of the rail crossing.

This and other field work continued throughout the months of July, August and September to gather background information on the area, helping to determine how the railway grade separation could be designed and constructed.

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

Project Update - May 2018

On May 15, 2018, the City 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.

News Release

Concept Plans - 2010

Concept plans for this project were prepared in 2010 and have been 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

Telephone

780-423-4859

Email Jamie.Bartsch@edmonton.ca

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