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Planning for a northeast river crossing

The need for a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, was identified in a 2011 study for the Capital Region Board (CRB). The CRB is responsible for creating and coordinating regional growth plans for the Edmonton area.  This potential future bridge, in the northeast part of the Edmonton region, would join Edmonton and Strathcona County by connecting Highways 15 (Manning Drive) and 21.  It would provide an alternate route over the river and improve access to Highway 63 leading north.

This study involves a partnership of four municipalities and the Province of Alberta.
Alberta Transportation, City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County and Sturgeon County are proceeding with the first step in the planning process for this river crossing: The Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study. This study will identify the long term needs of the area, and recommend an approximate location for a potential future bridge and connecting roads.

This study is being conducted because of the need to complete early strategic planning, but based on current growth in the region, the proposed bridge and its connecting roads will not be constructed for another 25 to 35 years.  Land requirements for the future bridge and connecting roads will be identified in the study recommendations.

The study will run from January 2017 to December 2018.  It will involve gathering feedback from local stakeholders and the public.

Northeast River Crossing Study Area

Public engagement

Public consultation and engagement will be available for the residents of the four municipalities during the two-year study.  Input from stakeholders, and the public, will inform the study recommendations for the region's future growth and transportation needs. 

Public Meetings -

You are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the project, its purpose and timeline, and to provide input to inform our understanding of the study area.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 4 – 8 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
298 Bethel Drive
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 2C3

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 4 – 8 p.m.
Horse Hill School
19355 Meridian Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5Y 6E5

To view the boards presented at these open houses, find them here.

For more information   

Julian Macdonald
Planning Engineer
Alberta Transportation

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