Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Project

Rank 2023


Image Credit: City of Edmonton

Industry Sector: Transportation

Project Type: Highway

Project Value: $1 billion

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $241.6 million

Provincial Funding: $241.6 million

Municipal Funding: $516.8 million

Province: Alberta

City / Region: Edmonton

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2027

The Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Project will transition 15 kilometres of the current west-east roadway in Edmonton’s north end to a free-flowing six-lane freeway, with a targeted speed of 80 km/h. The upgrade will eliminate eight intersections, build two new interchanges, modify three existing intersections, and build new collector roads. Construction on some of the connecting roadways began in 2019, while larger segments of the project started in 2020.

In 2022, the City of Edmonton continued with the design of the St. Albert Trail to 97 Street project. Edmonton-based PCL Construction Management Inc. has been selected to partner with the city to deliver the freeway conversion’s keystone Project. Construction of the 156 Street to St. Albert Trail project continued with the installation of utility infrastructure, bridge pier strengthening, retaining wall construction and the replacement of a noise attenuation wall. On the east of the corridor Construction of the Fort Road Widening project continued with the focus primarily on utility installations and construction of the temporary rail bridge structures.

Project Owner: City of Edmonton

Engineer: AECOM (owner's engineer), WSP, Stantec, CIMA+

Contractor: Standard General Inc., Lafarge Canada Inc., PCL Construction Management Inc.

Other Key Players: Wood (environmental engineering); Arcadis-IBI Group (design); McElhanney (site surveyor); Parsons (consulting engineer)

2022 Rank: 58

2021 Rank: 51

2020 Rank: 53

2019 Rank: 57


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