Highway 19 East Improvement Project
Highway 19 is an east-west, 12-kilometre, two-lane, high-volume, high load corridor connecting Highway 60 (near Devon) and the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (QEII) near Nisku. It is is a critical piece of infrastructure that supports continued economic growth in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
The expansion of Highway 19 will be a multi-phase, multi-year project and the work that is being done in 2017 is the first step. The overall plan is to increase Highway 19 to four lanes from Highway 60 to west of the QEII.
In 2017, a 1.8 kilometre section of Highway 19 west of the QEII adjacent to the airport will be increased to six lanes to provide capacity for future development.
Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2017 and be open to traffic by fall 2018. The improvements will also include new traffic signals and illumination at Leduc Countyís 34th Street (Range Road 252) and the construction of a new intersection at 42nd Street. The new traffic signals and additional highway lanes will improve safety at these intersections for current and future traffic volumes.
Disruption should be minimal and limited to speed reductions that will ensure the safety of motorists and grading crews. Traffic disruptions to the airport should be minimal.†
In addition, the Highway 2 north service road (Range Road 251B) from Highway 19 to Township Road 510 will be closed during construction starting mid-summer 2017. Landowners and local traffic will still be able to access the properties along this section of road from Township Road 510. All other traffic will be required to detour onto Range Road 252 for access to Highway 19. A permanent access route is planned to the west which will connect Range Road 251B to Highway 19.
To see a map of these closures, click here.
Additional Improvement Work
Alberta Transportation will also be starting work to add a fourth southbound lane on Highway 2 between Edmontonís 41 Avenue SW and Highway 19. This will also increase highway capacity and operation. The tender for this separate project is being prepared, and construction is expected to begin this summer. Depending on when the bids are reviewed and a contractor hired, construction could be complete as early as fall 2017. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal and limited to speed reductions on Highway 2 southbound.
As with any road construction, there may be some delays but Alberta Transportation will work closely with contractors to keep traffic impacts to a minimum. More information about construction and traffic impacts can be found on 511.alberta.ca and on Twitter @511Alberta. You can also find local traffic information at Leduc County and Edmonton International Airport.
Click here to see some Frequently Asked Questions about this project.