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    ^^ Whatever they do, a 127 St interchange should tie in somehow with 124 St.
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    I would say there's a 0.00001% chance of that happening since the connection to the Yellowhead was cut off to eliminate shortcutting through the neighbourhood. They would have to designate 124 Street north of 118 Ave an arterial route and you know that's not happening.

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    They're having an open house on October 16th from 3 to 7 pm regarding the section from 82nd Street to 97th Street.






    97 Street to 82 Street Changes:
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    As part of the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion, changes will be made between 97 Street and 82 Street, including the removal of the traffic signal at 89 Street.

    The City of Edmonton invites you to share your feedback on the recommended design plan for the area and to let us know what information is important to you during construction.

    When: Tuesday, October 16
    Time: 3 to 7 p.m.
    Where: Delton Community League, Main Hall — 12325 88 Street NW

    For those unable to attend, the opportunity to provide feedback on the project design plans and communications during construction will be available online after the event.


    We also invite you to learn about the Eastwood and Elmwood Park Neighbourhood Renewal project and upcoming opportunities for public engagement.


    Take Our Program Survey by Nov. 3

    Feedback collected through the survey will be used in design considerations for various Yellowhead Trail projects and will also inform the development of future communications and engagement plans.



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    I love how the Insight survey assumes I'm an everyday commuter instead of the casual user I'm actually am.
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    I just did the survey and it assumed nothing like that, or anything else except that could click buttons and type.
    I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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    Well, it does ask how long your commute is each day and I think the shortest option was 10 minutes. I don't commute at all because I work at home, so I chose 10 minutes. Close enough I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SP59 View Post
    Winnipeg doesn't need to plan for growth, so there is always that.
    Really? Have you ever flown over or driven through it? I'd suggest your inaccuracy is obvious.
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    Spoke with a friend of mine who works for the city. He does our...UMMM..ERRR snow LOLOLOL Plowing . He was saying 66st may be shuttered earlier than first planned as the city may speed up the new access to Ft Rd off YHT. I'll believe it when it happens..If.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SP59 View Post
    Winnipeg doesn't need to plan for growth, so there is always that.
    Really? Have you ever flown over or driven through it? I'd suggest your inaccuracy is obvious.
    My comment was somewhat sarcastic but...

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    So people are complaining about the 66 St closure:

    https://globalnews.ca/news/5021266/e...way-66-street/

    I thought this had been the plan for years, if not decades? Why are people acting as though they learnt about this yesterday?

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    These people don’t follow the news or vote in elections. Take 50 Street or Fort Road.
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    It hasn't been the plan.

    Official plans from 10 years ago had the smaller accesses at 67/68 being closed and no changes at 66st, at least this phase.

    At the open house in the fall they had graphics that showed the old plan with only the side streets closed but with verbiage indicating 66th closing - and when questioned the staff person indicated that it wasn't set in stone.

    Interestingly the most recent materials they sent out pretty much said straight-up that they've made the decision but are only now working on gathering information to support the decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cat View Post
    These people don’t follow the news or vote in elections. Take 50 Street or Fort Road.
    This is not an acceptable response, for a few reasons. First, this was never an election issue. To the limited extent that Yellowhead ever got news coverage it was always about 149, or 127etc. If you've never used 66st you might not be aware that it can be quite busy, at least enough that piling that traffic onto 50th street and Fort Road/WGD will only make traffic on those streets worse.

    That we're considering spending close to a billion dollars for each of 149 and 127street interchanges but the relatively low cost of a flyover ($20-$30m?) is too much for the east side I guess.
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    The 50th street overpass is a mess at the best of times. A couple of large trucks ends in gridlock. The Fort Road overpass to Yellowhead eastbound has a very short and dangerous merge lane that is only about 75 meters long on a curve with blind spots. Both were busy intersections before and now will be a huge mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    The 50th street overpass is a mess at the best of times. A couple of large trucks ends in gridlock. The Fort Road overpass to Yellowhead eastbound has a very short and dangerous merge lane that is only about 75 meters long on a curve with blind spots. Both were busy intersections before and now will be a huge mess.
    In fact, it is not a true merge lane. People treat it as such. In fact, the yield sign indicates traffic is to stop and yield to the traffic on YHT and NOT proceed until clear.It is indeed one of the most dangerous roads yes. Not because of the length, rather the inability for some to read and comprehend what a yield sign means. Only a fool attempts to merge when traffic is approaching on a blind corner.
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    You are correct. It is a yield. Either way it is a dangerous area.
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    Yep. And the same geometric constraints means they probably couldn't shoehorn in a safe Eastbound exit but there's no reason that a flyover combined with the same westbound ramps they have planned couldn't work, along with maybe a onramp to eastbound from 67st.

    There's currently a lot of traffic turning from 66 to YH eastbound and a lot of that will move to fort Road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander II View Post
    It hasn't been the plan.

    Official plans from 10 years ago had the smaller accesses at 67/68 being closed and no changes at 66st, at least this phase.
    I stand corrected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander II View Post
    Yep. And the same geometric constraints means they probably couldn't shoehorn in a safe Eastbound exit but there's no reason that a flyover combined with the same westbound ramps they have planned couldn't work, along with maybe a onramp to eastbound from 67st.

    There's currently a lot of traffic turning from 66 to YH eastbound and a lot of that will move to fort Road.
    At the minimum, they should take out the sidewalk and squeeze in an extra eastbound lane.

    On the other hand, traffic coming from the north has to exit westbound, then make a U-turn at Fort road. There's that 125 Ave extension but it just dumps traffic into Fort Road anyway, so it's all on the DDI - hope it's as magical as the hype makes it out to be.
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    Even right on/right off ramps at 66th and 107th Streets would be better than total closure.

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    Here is a graphic

    More than a dozen closures

    Very few improvements to existing intechanges to handle the increased flow at already overloaded intersection.

    Traffic volumes on the east end of YH have dropped significantly since 2012 as the AHD was completed in the NE and the economy has slowed. The amount of traffic on 66th street, Fort road, and 50th street have remained relatively constant.

    As one example: Just try driving south down 50th street (36,800 cars per day) from 137th ave to YH during the morning rush hours. There are 7 sets of lights in 1.8 km, on average one every 300m which severely impedes traffic flow. Every day, traffic backs up on Fort Road for those wanting to get onto YH, often backed up all the way to 66th street itself. The two recommended alternatives routes are already at or over capacity.

    Now imagine even more of the 10,600 cars on 66th street traffic approaching the YH, dumped onto 50th street (36,800 cars per day) and onto the overloaded two lane Fort Road with (36,800 cars per day) approaching the YH

    Traffic numbers c.2016

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    One thing that should have been done years ago was connecting 129 ave to Hermitage road. Having to intersections so close to each other is ridiculous, particularly since it would provide a more direct connection to Belvedere Station.

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    ^ Correct. Also 127th ave. The COE Transportation department waited too long. There was lots of vacant and underutilized lots and a service road could have been built. Now it is too late. Bad planning and a lack of understanding that the NE has always had poor links to the rest of Edmonton due to the multiple rail lines in the area that limit arterial route options, the heart of the issue.
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    Unsurprisingly, people aren't happy about the closure.

    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...way-conversion

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    ^This is just another instance of people not liking change. The 66 Street closure will barely be noticed once residents and local businesses adjust to it. 66 Street's life as an arterial comes to an abrupt end at 118 Avenue. Building an interchange or even a flyover would be a waste of money.

    The short-cutting concern makes no sense. So long as 66 Street stays four lanes it will still be the preferred access to the handful of businesses located south of the Yellowhead.

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    Obviously you don't know the area very well. It is tough enough to get access to certain business along YH, this and other closures with no planned improvements to alternate routes is a significant problem. If there were alternate access points being created, especially due to the train tracks that bisect the areas, then people would not be as upset. The road ROW of 125th ave from 66th street to 62nd street is one example of the COE not moving forward to alleviate a problem BEFORE the closure. Widening or building more service roads along YH, especially for the amount of truck&trailer traffic, would also help. The business area south of YH and west of 66th street is almost entirely cut off from any usable truck routes without going through residential communities. But what does the COE care about the NE areas anyway?
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    ^There is a plan to widen Fort Road between Yellowhead and 66 Street. This is a choke point (with the lane reduction from six to four) even before the new transit garage opens.

    There is some truck traffic that needs to access the handful of businesses located south of Yellowhead. None of those businesses require frequent access by large trucks such as tractor trailer units so they can be accommodated using 118 Avenue and 66 Street. Especially since traffic volumes on 66 Street will be even less after the Yellowhead closure.

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    I don't know why they did not make the RR underpass on Fort Road wider when then rebuilt it years ago.

    Let me guess the plan.
    Close 66th Street, create chaos.
    Increase traffic on Fort Road trying to get on and off YH, more chaos.
    Then close part of Fort Road to widen underpass
    Create cluster fork.


    Sound about right?

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
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    You're only wrong insofar as you're making this sound like a conspiracy.

    It's been at least 20 years (maybe more) since the Fort Road CN underpass was widened to four lanes from two. At that time Fort Road was a four lane road along its entire length.

    Since then Fort Road has been widened to six lanes east of 66 Street, and WGD (also six lanes) is now the main through route south of the Yellowhead. So widening the short stretch between the Yellowhead and 66 Street to six lanes makes all sorts of sense regardless of the decision to close 66 Street at the Yellowhead. The latter decision is based on making the Yellowhead into an urban freeway without traffic lights.

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    The underpass was widened in 1992. It is 4 lanes but they are narrow, only about 14 meters wide with no shoulders and only a sidewalk on the north side.

    Even in 1992, that section of Fort Road was busy with the four lane Fort Road being fed with the four lane 66th street traffic connecting traffic to YH. The underpass on Fort Road would plug every day as traffic made left turns immediately north of the underpass, in effect making NE bound traffic into a single lane. I only have Edmonton Traffic Flow Maps back to 2003 but historically even in 1992, widening to 4 lanes was extremely short sighted IMEO.

    Traffic Flow maps of the Fort Road underpass
    2003 34,000 vehicles/day
    2006 37,000 vehicles/day
    2015 38,000 vehicles/day


    Especially since 66th street/Fort Road has and still remains the only crossing point between 50th street and 82 street and the current plan is to close 66th street @YH (it has been a plan since at least 2002). As this underpass has only a 4.0 meter clearance, it has been the site of countless high load incidents because one accident on the Fort Road underpass such as an overheight load, would entirely close traffic in the entire region.

    I see that there is a plan to widen and deepen the underpass to handle an estimated 15% to 20% more traffic and construction is anticipated to begin in 2019. There will also be a massive new intersection for the increased bus traffic. All the businesses north of Fort Road will be effected
    https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/Ro...nceptPlans.pdf
    Note Design speed, 60kph but Posted speed is planned to be 50 kph.

    Commuters will have a lot of fun during the lengthy reconstruction period.
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    That new intersection by the bus barn will connect Fort Rd and run a road east to 66street. I'd hope they put this in first before doing any work on the rail bridge, that way they can create an alternate route around the bridge work.

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    They're putting in another level crossing on the LRT?

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    ^Brody may wish to clarify. My assumption is that the access road to 66 Street would run parallel to Fort Road and not cross the LRT ROW.

    There already seems to be a construction access road from 66 Street to the transit garage: https://www.google.com/maps/@53.5816.../data=!3m1!1e3
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    No, there is a new two lane level LRT crossing where the old Canada Packers building used to stand. It connects at 125th to 66th street

    See the plan reposted link
    https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/Ro...nceptPlans.pdf
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    ^Oops. Didn't look at the drawings until you re-posted them.

    Wonder what the rationale is for this alignment? Once 66 Street access to the Yellowhead is closed, this means buses and vehicular traffic would have to cross the LRT tracks twice in a very short distance. Keeping the access road north of the LRT ROW would mean not having to cross the tracks at all.

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    Too many businesses to expropriate.

    Also as stated before, the area needs to have access for businesses east of 66th, South of the tracks and north of YH. The Versacold alone needs access for hundreds of trucks a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Too many businesses to expropriate.

    Also as stated before, the area needs to have access for businesses east of 66th, South of the tracks and north of YH. The Versacold alone needs access for hundreds of trucks a day.
    This linkage road going east/west, with an at grade crossing would be an alternative to going north on 66street with the low clearance on the rail bridge and also the one at fort road.
    I'm sure there were plans to also extend that same ave east of 66street on the north side of Vercacold and connect with 62street.

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    Just in case people aren't clear, the 125 ave extension is already underway and will connect the roads of the same name:



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    I'm not sure why they didn't consider right on/right off ramps at 66th Street, some access is maintained but the left turns and traffic signals are removed.

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    ^are they also removing the signals at 142 Street and 121 Street this year or will that be done later?

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    I'm thinking they'll be doing that later. Many of the side roads will be built north of Yellowhead.
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    It's finally happening! 89 St traffic signals removed as of this Monday.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6023324/e...ved-89-street/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    It's finally happening! 89 St traffic signals removed as of this Monday.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6023324/e...ved-89-street/
    So any word how things have been going at 89 street? I imagine its far better not to have that extra stop there, but I wonder how businesses are fairing so far?
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    It's finally happening! 89 St traffic signals removed as of this Monday.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6023324/e...ved-89-street/
    So any word how things have been going at 89 street? I imagine its far better not to have that extra stop there, but I wonder how businesses are fairing so far?
    I drove through the area westbound today and they are still in the process of rebuilding the inner lanes (@89st) in both directions.
    Work is also still in progress on the new access/egress points to the service road but it looks like they are well on track to have this all wrapped up within the next couple of weeks.
    Hopefully the weather holds and they can be complete before the inevitable arrives...
    It's a WHOLE lot better not having that random stop light there, even with traffic reduced to two lanes (as it is at the moment).

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    I drove through this intersection eastbound today and I pretty much echo what Iron said.
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    And I went through both east and westbound today and it was a beautiful free flowing experience...even with only two lanes open.
    I can't wait until this project is completed. It's going to take a ton of pressure off of the Henday on the north side, once those that are currently going out to the ring road realize that Yellowhead is a more efficient option...
    So sorry Greta. Some of us need to drive everyday.

    Yeah I get it. We're evil and wrecking the planet...LOL!

    We're just trying to make a living. And what does a 16 year old kid know about that particular matter?

    Jack, that's what.

    Perspective is paramount. IMO.

    You can't erase 60 years of inculcated behavior by coming over here and telling us we suck (especially when there are a whole lot of others who suck way worse than us).
    Let's see what happens this evening...and go from there?

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    Was Greta on the Yellowhead?

    In my experiences the Yellowhead is already practically the same amount of time as taking the Henday.

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    Looks like a flyover is currently the plan for the 66 St interchange, with access maintained to enter the Yellowhead eastbound from 66 St.

    https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_pla...66-street.aspx

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    I'm glad 66 St is moving forward, although it will be another couple of years until construction actually starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jason403 View Post
    Looks like a flyover is currently the plan for the 66 St interchange, with access maintained to enter the Yellowhead eastbound from 66 St.

    https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_pla...66-street.aspx
    Really hoping they find the sense to do something similar at 149 St

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    I have to say, taking out the sidewalk and extending the eastbound merge lane past the curve is quite the relief. I've had a few near misses there and I don't even take the Yellowhead all that often...

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    It's not clear what they're going to do with that 125 ave connection to Fort Road at the tracks. Surface crossing I'm assuming.

    https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/Ro...ledConcept.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinW View Post

    Really hoping they find the sense to do something similar at 149 St
    Even if they had a flyover bridge, 149 Street could be accessible from 156 Street and other nearby roads.
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    156 street overpass/intersections are already at capacity during rush hour, and will not cope with additional traffic well at all due to their unconventional design (that overpass was really crammed in to an awkward space). Dumping all of 149th's exit/entry traffic on to it is going to be a total charlie foxtrot. Also keep in mind that "other roads" are small collectors (123 + 121A avenues) between 149th and 156th and only one has lights at those roads. Otherwise the nearest arterial is 118th, which is 10 blocks from the Yellowhead. Also keep in mind that much of the traffic in the area is large transport trucks, which shouldn't be making left turns at uncontrolled intersections onto major arterials.

    Why all of this isn't obvious to the City, I will never know.

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    City aims to eliminate Yellowhead traffic lights with 66 Street overpass

    City traffic planners have settled on a final concept for the intersection of 66 Street and Yellowhead Trail — a key part of a plan to turn the thoroughfare into a free-flowing freeway.

    The project, expected to begin construction in 2024, will turn the north-south street into an overpass where it meets the Yellowhead. The city’s ultimate goal is to remove traffic lights along the Yellowhead by 2026-27, creating or modifying a series of interchanges.

    The city’s Kris Lima, director of the Yellowhead traffic portfolio, said the east-west route is currently a “hodgepodge” of unusual intersections controlled by traffic lights.

    “It was sort of born over the last 40 years,” he said of the Yellowhead. “It was built in segments, sort of pieced together because of cost or land impacts … it is a bit of a unique animal, just given the nature of how it’s been constructed over its history.”
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    128 Ave, which is one of the side roads from St. Albert Trail to 156 St, is about halfway (or more) done.
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    https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/Ro...ot_Nov2019.pdf

    No surprises except for the temporary ramp closure.

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