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Drivers impatient as Anthony Henday construction nears completion
It may be spring, but thousands of drivers in northeast Edmonton are more likely to see orange than green.

Along the new Anthony Henday Drive extension, there are plenty of orange construction signs, orange cones, and workers in orange vests.

Construction of the northeast portion of the ring road started in 2012.

That last section, which will cross Yellowhead Trail and link up with the Manning Freeway, is expected to finally be finished this fall.

Full Story (CBC Edmonton)
Some aerials from March.

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Edmonton drivers relieved as northeast Anthony Henday construction nears completion
Four years of detours and driving delays on the northeast leg of Anthony Henday are about to come to an end.

A wet summer has slowed work on the $1.8-billion project, but officials say those problems will not delay the planned Oct. 1 opening date.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason says the project is on schedule and he’s one of many relieved it is.

Full Story (Global Edmonton)
Northeast Anthony Henday finally ready to let motorists roll
Four years of yo-yoing speed limits, traffic snarls, stops, starts and detours are over for Edmontonians driving the just-completed northeast stretch of Anthony Henday Drive.


Although the road opened to traffic Saturday, motorists can expect a few minor delays thanks to landscaping, seeding and final bridge work, but none of it is expected to cause any huge traffic headaches.

Full Story (Edmonton Journal)

Paula Simons: After 26 years, Anthony Henday ring road finally comes full circle
Edmonton, we’ve come full circle.

Twenty-six years after construction began on Anthony Henday Drive, our regional ring road is finally complete.

Saturday afternoon, the final 27-km leg of the road, the northeast segment connecting Manning Drive with Whitemud Drive, will open for traffic.

“Then everybody will be able to drive the whole loop, with no stops,” says Bill van der Meer, the ring road’s project manager. “It’s a freeway, with no stops anywhere. It’s 80 kilometres of free-flow.”

The spanking new northeast leg is the longest segment of Henday yet. And with a budget of $1.81 billion, it’s the most expensive, too. And it brings the total cost of the Henday to just over $4 billion.

“I think people are going to be blown away by the northeast leg, and how beautiful it is,” says van der Meer. “I think people are really going to be surprised.”

Full Story (Edmonton Journal)

Sign celebrating opening of northeast Anthony Henday with salty language quickly changed

A sign celebrating the opening of the last leg of Edmonton’s Anthony Henday Drive ring road caused a stir on social media over the weekend.

Photos of an electronic traffic sign that read “We done bitches” were shared on social media.

Transportation ministry spokesperson Aileen Machell said her department was made aware of the wording and had taken action to change it.

Full Story (Edmonton Journal)
Province mulls idea of safety barriers along Anthony Henday Drive
Following a fatal collision on Anthony Henday Drive late last week, the Alberta government said it is looking at what can be done to improve safety on the busy Edmonton roadway.
While speaking in Edmonton Tuesday about a number of different infrastructure projects, Alberta’s transportation minister said he heard the comments made by police and has “asked officials to look at safety barriers on the entire Henday.”

Full Story (Global Edmonton)
127 Street access to Anthony Henday to close
Access to and from southwest Anthony Henday Drive at 127 Street in southwest Edmonton will be closed permanently to address safety issues.

The access will close on Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. It was built more than a decade ago when that section of Anthony Henday had intersections with signals, which lowered traffic speed.

These intersections have been upgraded to interchanges and various road improvement projects in the area are complete, so it is time to close the intersection to ensure the safe flow of high-speed traffic on the highway.

Alternate Routes
Local users will be able to get onto the provincial highway network from the following interchanges:

  • Rabbit Hill Road and Anthony Henday Drive
  • 111 Street and Anthony Henday Drive
  • Ellerslie Road and Highway 2
Landowners will still have access to 127 Street via Ellerslie Road.

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Edmonton protests province's closure of 127 Street access to Henday, key south-side link
City politicians are protesting a provincial decision to close an Anthony Henday access point they say is key to avoiding increased congestion on the south side.

Alberta Transportation announced Tuesday it will permanently close the on-off access at 127 Street at 10 p.m. Nov. 10.

But Coun. Bryan Anderson said his inbox is already flooded by frustrated people. Closing an access point used by more than 5,000 vehicles a day will only increase congestion at other intersections in the area that are near capacity, he said.

Full Story (Edmonton Journal)

Permanent closure at Henday has City of Edmonton pushing back
Safety concerns are so strong at the Anthony Henday-127 Street exit that the Alberta government is closing it later this month, with no plans to fix it.

That has some on city council pushing back.

On Tuesday, Coun. Bryan Anderson said constituents are extremely concerned with the closure, noting it could delay their commute as thousands drive the Henday daily.

He requested city administration and the province discuss keeping the exit open until the 135 Street interchange is constructed.

The 127 Street exit is slated to close on Nov. 12.

Full Story (Metro Edmonton)
Memo shows poor communication between council and admin over Henday exit closure
Even though city administration long-ago knew the province planned to close the 127 Street exit on the Henday later this year, they only decided to tell council about it five days ago.

On Wednesday, Metro obtained an Oct. 6 city memo that showed administration was aware the government was working to close the 127 Street exit to the Henday later this year.

But according to Coun. Bryan Anderson, he was only made aware of the closure five days ago.

Even Mayor Don Iveson said he was only made aware of the closure on Tuesday.

Full Story (Metro Edmonton)
I think this closure is an excellent idea, its a poor entrance onto the Henday with 111 street interchange so close and ultimately just causes traffic to slow down for all the people who don't know how to merge.