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Construction season continues in Edmonton

Watch out for city construction until the snow flies.
Edmonton, it's still construction season. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

With a focus on building and enhancing the city's downtown, Edmonton's construction season is nowhere near done yet, even as the nip of fall in the air signals there isn't that much time left.

“We are in the midst of a massive infrastructure build with over 270 projects on the go,” said Adam Laughlin, Deputy City Manager of Integrated Infrastructure Services. “With all of these projects underway, we want to remind Edmontonians to prepare for construction on their commute. Our website can pinpoint the traffic disruptions in the city.”

Work is currently underway to convert Yellowhead Trail into a freeway, widen Terwillegar Drive, improve Jasper Avenue, build the new Valley Line West LRT and revitalize parks and neighbourhoods. 

“We know the pandemic impacted our downtown," Laughlin said. "We’re creating the conditions for a vibrant downtown throughout our COVID-19 recovery and into the future. That’s why we are continuing to invest in the heart of our city.”

A few notable projects underway in the downtown core include construction on the Valley Line West and Valley Line Southeast LRT, enhancements to Jasper Avenue, Kinistinâw Park and 105 Avenue. 

“These projects create good jobs when they are desperately needed, and set our city up for success in the future,” he said.

City-led construction is underway across the city. At a glance:

  • Over 110 kilometres of local roadway and sidewalk is being renewed
  • 11 kilometres of alley are being reconstructed
  • Over 30 kilometres of gravel roads are being paved
  • 13 playgrounds are being built or renewed
  • 12 neighbourhoods in renewal
  • 3,000 new trees are being planted through the Urban Tree Canopy Expansion
  • $36.3 million Yellowhead Trail East Widening project is anticipated to be completed in 2021 as scheduled

The City reports 81 per cent of the 2021 construction projects are on time and 92 per cent are on budget. Almost 200 projects were completed during the 2020 construction season, making it one of the most successful seasons to date. The City says it expects to achieve a similar result this season.