Transportation Projects

Local Roads

97 Avenue from Secord Boulevard to 231 Street, via David Thomas King School

Last Updated: September 1, 2017.

Description/Status:

  • 97 Avenue was constructed from Secord Boulevard to just past David Thomas King School.
  • At this time, the road will not connect to 231 Street until 231 Street has been upgraded. This is planned for 2018. Until then, a turnaround was constructed just northwest of the school.
  • This road provides access to David Thomas King School.
  • Walton (developer for Henley Heights at Secord) is responsible for the construction of this road. The construction is managed by Walton, under the City monitor's approval.

Secord Road Connection to 231 Street

Last Updated: October 3, 2017. Thank you Andrew Knack for the recent updates.

Description/Status:

  • Although Secord Road connects to 231 Street, barricades prevent Secord residents from using 231 Street as a second access in the neighbourhood.
  • In order to open Secord Road and provide safe access to 231 Street, upgrades to 231 Street, including turn bays and appropriate sight lines, are required. Upgrades are also required at the intersection of 231 Street and Stony Plain Road to adequately and safely address additional traffic to/from Secord.
  • 231 Street in planned to be upgraded soon (see below).

Additional Comments from Andrew Knack on August 4, 2017:

The access to 231 Street from Secord Road also came up quite a bit and I've asked for a status update about the work the team is doing to try and get an interim opening once the school opens. I know the traffic is already backed up quite a bit and I believe we need something in place to help address the increase in traffic that will occur as soon as the school opens. Once I get the status update, I will report back through a separate Facebook post.

Secord Boulevard's Remaining Section (to connect southwest area to main road into Secord)

Last Updated: September 1, 2017.

Description/Status:

  • The roads are now connected!
  • Secord Boulevard now connects the southwest corner of Secord to the main part of Secord Boulevard, providing a more direct route to the only neighbourhood entrance on Winterburn Road.
  • This connection will also facilitate access to 231 Street, once the connection is made...
  • Construction of Secord Boulevard was completed by the developer, MLC Group. This road is on land owned by MLC Group.

Secord Boulevard, from Secord Promenade (94A Avenue) to 92 Avenue

Last Updated: September 1, 2017

Description/Status:

  • MLC Group (Developer) is currently doing construction work in the area south of the currently developed parts of Secord.
  • Updates:
    • September 1, 2017: The sewers have been installed and the pipes are backfilled. The road structure is not yet in place. The road doesn't look like it will be completed in 2017, but hopefully in 2018.
    • July 18, 2017: The developer is currently doing some rough grading work at this time, and it appears that Secord Boulevard may be connected to the new 92 Avenue (also under construction by MLC Group).

Arterial Roads surrounding Secord

General Roadway Widening

Message from Councillor Andrew Knack (August 4, 2017)

Our current Capital Budget runs until the end of 2018. Between now and late 2018, our Administration is working on prioritizing a list of over 150 locations city-wide that need to be widened. I am hopeful that if the Lewis Farms rec centre/library is approved for construction in the next Capital Budget (2019-2022), it will require widening a number of the roads (Winterburn Road, Webber Greens Drive, that stretch of Whitemud Drive just before the lights at 215th Street) to ensure people can access what will be one of the largest rec centres in the city. As is the case for the rec centre, the decision to fund road widenings of the roads above will be up to the next Council when they debate the 2019-22 Capital Budget in late 2018.

Stony Plain Road Eastbound ramp (100 Avenue) connecting with Winterburn Road (215 Street)

Last Updated: August 13, 2017. Thank you Andrew Knack for the update.

Description:

Questions asked by Secord Community League:

Any lights planned for Stony Plain Road Eastbound ramp connecting with 215 Street?

Response from Councillor Andrew Knack on August 4, 2017:

This segment is considered as rural road and there is no development agreement at this point of time. As the nearby area is constructed, developer may take steps get into agreement with the City to urbanize the road that will include lighting. Also we have no plans for adding lighting in the next year or so. This based on current traffic statistics, but we will keep eye on the location if things start changing.

Winterburn Road

Last Updated: July 8, 2017

Description/Status:

  • No plans for upgrades to Winterburn Road in current Capital Budget Cycle.
  • Councillor Knack mentioned it won't be until the next budget cycle which starts in 2019. We'll need to keep in touch with Councillor post-election.

92 Avenue, from Winterburn Road (215 Street) to 231 Street

Last Updated: August 13, 2017. Thank you Andrew Knack for the update.

Description/Status:

  • The extent of this project is to construct the ultimate roadway from 215 Street to 231 Street including roundabouts at each intersection.
  • 92 Avenue will not connect to 231 Street as part of the current construction. Current construction limits are from 215 Street to Secord Drive.
  • This road will provide a second access to the Secord neighbourhood.
  • Construction started around May 2017. Construction will continue in 2017 and carry over into the 2018 construction season.
  • Construction of the portion of 92 Avenue that connects to 231 Street is anticipated in 2020.

Developer: MLC Group

Consultant: Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.

Project Type: Developer Arterial Project

Additional Information:

92 Avenue (Edmonton) Arterial Roundabouts Collaborative Concept Development (2015)

231 Street, from Stony Plain Road to south of 97 Avenue

Last Updated: August 13, 2017. Thank you Andrew Knack for the update.

Description/Status:

  • The extent of this road construction is to construct the first 2 lanes of 231 Street from Stony Plain Road to the Secord neighbourhood collector road to accommodate growth and increased traffic flows from future subdivision developments.
  • The approved design at the 231 Street intersection with Stony Plain Road eliminates the northbound to westbound and southbound to eastbound left turn movements. It will also remove the north and south movement across Stony Plain Road.
  • The construction of 231 Street and the intersection modifications at Stony Plain Road will require a full closure of 231 Street to facilitate removal of the old road and construction of new underground utilities. This construction closure would be in place for the construction season of spring to fall of 2018.

Developer: Walton International Group

Consultant: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Project Type: Developer Arterial Project

231 Street, from Secord Gate to south of 97 Avenue

Last Updated: July 8, 2017

Description/Status:

  • The extent of this road construction is to construct the first 2 lanes of 231 Street from Secord Gate to south of 97 Avenue to accommodate growth and increased traffic flows from future subdivision developments.
  • The City website indicates that detailed design is approved for construction and construction is anticipated to start in 2018.

Developer: Hopewell Development

Consultant: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Project Type: Developer Arterial Project

Other Major Road Upgrades Affecting Secord

215 Street Planning Study (Stony Plain Road to Yellowhead Trail)

Last Updated: July 8, 2017

Description/Status:

  • The City of Edmonton is developing a concept plan for the future of 215 Street from Stony Plain Road to Yellowhead Trail. The project is separated into two phases.
  • Phase 1 will plan for a widening of 215 Street from the existing 2-lane rural to a 4-lane urban roadway from Stony Plain Road to Yellowhead Trail.
  • Phase 2 includes a 215 Street/ CN Rail grade separation (overpass or underpass) concept plan for the rail crossing between 109 Avenue and 113 Avenue.
  • The project is currently at the concept phase, meaning that construction is still years away.

Whitemud Drive West Planning Update Study

See www.edmonton.ca/whitemudwest for details. The following is a brief summary.

Last Updated: July 8, 2017

Description:

Province of Alberta: The Province of Alberta has completed a functional planning study and is currently in the process of completing the detailed design for the realignment and upgrading of Highway 628 (Whitemud Drive) from the West City Limit (231 Street) westward to Highway 60. The timeline for implementation is unknown.

City of Edmonton: The updated concept plan (2015 update) for Whitemud Drive between Anthony Henday Drive and 231 Street has been approved (see figure below). This is a long term concept plan, and will be staged for implementation as needed over the next 30 years (2015-2045). At this time, there is no funding for this work. The timeline for implementation is unknown. The project is planned to be constructed in stages.

Highlights:

  • Over 3 km of ultimate freeway alignment.
  • 3 future grade separations, including Guardian Road/Lewis Estates Boulevard (fly-over), Winterburn Road (215 Street), and Hillview Road (231 Street).
  • Connection to ultimate Highway 628 configuration west of the City.
  • Connection to ultimate Anthony Henday Drive/Whitemud Drive interchange.

Whitemud Drive West Planning Study - Project Limits

Anthony Henday Drive

Last Updated: August 13, 2017. Thank you Andrew Knack for the update.

Description:

Questions asked by Secord Community League:

Anthony Henday Drive is often backed up in the west end going southbound during afternoon rush hour. Are there talks with the Province to improve the capacity of the southwest leg of the Henday? This affects us in Secord because several vehicles go around the very congested Henday using 215 Street (from Yellowhead Trail and from Stony Plain Road). As a result, 215 Street is completely backed up from Stony Plain Road (with lots of cars backed up on the off-ramp of Stony Plain Road at the light at the intersection of Stony Plain Road and 215 Street). This makes it a nightmare for Secord residents to get in the neighbourhood, because this is the only way we can get in! I am also sure the Henday issues is a nightmare for everyone living west of the Henday.

Response from Councillor Andrew Knack on August 4, 2017: 

The Province is aware of the congestion on Anthony Henday Drive along the southwest leg. They do not currently have any plans or funding for widening or improvements at this time. The City continues to highlight this issue with them at regular meetings.

LRT - Valley Line West

Last Updated: July 18, 2017

Visit the City of Edmonton LRT Valley Line West website for the most up-to-date information, including public engagement.

Overview:

  • Currently at the design phase (last phase before construction), the Valley Line West LRT is the second stage of the Valley Line, an urban-style 27 km line that will operate between Mill Woods in southeast Edmonton and Lewis Farms in west Edmonton.
  • The Valley Line is a new, urban-style LRT line that is very different from the existing Metro Line and Capital Line.
  • It uses low-floor cars that can be boarded from platforms that are close to sidewalk height, like a bus stop.
  • It runs alongside traffic and is controlled by regular traffic signals, like the cars on the road.
  • With frequent stops, LRT access will be within walking distance for thousands more people.
  • It is designed to fit into surrounding communities without creating visual or physical barrier.
  • The closest station to Secord will be the existing Lewis Farms Transit Facility, the last stop of the LRT.

Scheduling (estimated):

  • The City hopes to be ready to initiate the procurement phase as early as 2018. Once additional funding is secured, it is anticipated it would take about one year to select a contractor for the Valley Line West and another five years to complete construction.

Other Important Resources

City of Edmonton - Construction on Your Street

City of Edmonton - Traffic Disruption Map

Government of Alberta - Edmonton & Area Provincial Highway Projects