Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Project

Rank 2022


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. The entire project is projected to be completed by the end of 2027. In 2021, the City of Edmonton completed the concept plan for the largest and most technically complex project of the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program. The St. Albert Trail to 97 Street portion is expected to require approximately half of the freeway conversion’s $1 billion budget. A key feature of the plan includes new interchanges at 127 Street and 115 Street, which Yellowhead Trail will pass under, with the north and south roads being built at their existing elevations. The $36.3 million Yellowhead Trail East Widening project was substantially completed in 2021 as scheduled, a key milestone in the overall completion of the freeway conversion.

Project Owner: City of Edmonton

Engineer: Parsons (owner’s engineer); Wood (consulting); AECOM (owner’s consultant); WSP (design); Stantec (design)

Contractor: Lafarge Canada Inc. (61 Street to North Sask. River)

2022 Rank: 58

2021 Rank: 51

2020 Rank: 53

2019 Rank: 57


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