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    Well I've driven on Yellowhead trail lately out to the westend for a business errand and I've noticed that the 156 st. interchange looks like it's almost done. According to the city of Edmonton website the interchange is supposed to open by sometime in October.

    Has anyone heard any plans on any further upgrades, interchanges, etc...

    The next logical project should be 149st. Although I don't know what city planners have in store, or if anything concrete is planned?
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

  • #2
    From what I remember - 127 street interchange is the next highest priority, then 66 street, then 149 street. A good decade worth of road construction for sure.

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    • #3
      Think how much fun it will be in 10 years time, only a few sets of lights to deal with (plus daily accidents involving stupid drivers and trucks of course).
      Edmonton, Capital of Alberta

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      • #4
        yellowhead west is shaping up nicely....

        they really need to hit 127st though and 66st.

        but one thing they really need to do is to repave the damn thing with steel plated iron rivited concrete. The condition of the surface is brutal.


        Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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        • #5
          The really bad parts are at the intersections and will get replaced when the interchanges get built. All those trucks stopping and then slowly accelerating away from lights really beat up the road.

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          • #6
            CN Rail has two overpasses just east of 124 st. I don't think the eastern-most one is used anymore. I wonder what the chance of converting it to southbound fly over would be? It would at least eliminate left hand turns from the Yellowhead onto Bushpilot road at a very minimal cost. It would be interesting to see how cooperative CN would be.
            Also regarding CN and the Yellowhead, wouldn't it be nice if they planted a hedge or a row of trees along the south-side of the railyards? That would be a very economical way to beautify what has to be the ugliest stretch of road in Edmonton.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by IanO
              yellowhead west is shaping up nicely....

              they really need to hit 127st though and 66st.

              but one thing they really need to do is to repave the damn thing with steel plated iron rivited concrete. The condition of the surface is brutal.
              The hot weather we've been having lately is accelerating the problem. We need to prepare for global warming.
              Edmonton first, everything else second.

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              • #8
                I think one quick solution they should implement on the east part of yellowhead is eliminate the traffic light for the business park section. All they have to do is improve one of the roads to one of the current overpasses and that's one less light.

                From what I've read so far too, it doesn't look like anything will be done at 149th. Although shouldn't that intersection be a priority.

                How bout too the total closure of 142 st. at the most or at least a right in, right out only westbound, right in and right out only eastbound?
                LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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                • #9
                  Someone mentioned that one of 149 St or 142 St will be a flyover.
                  “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                  • #10
                    Given the close proximity between 156 Street and 149 Street, there is a good chance that 149 Street will be a flyover only. Otherwise, weaving lanes would have to be contructed between the two interchanges as there would not be enough room for proper merging between the on/off ramps.

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                    • #11
                      A Flyover could be the case because of the proximity of 156 but what about the problem of all the businesses that rely on direct access to yellowhead. Costco, Casino Yellowhead and the hotel could be hurt, especially the hotel if you couldn't get there off the freeway.
                      LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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                      • #12
                        Is there any room to widen the eastern sections of the Yellowhead? Seems like it starts out really wide from the west end but when you get to the east end it's cramped.

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                        • #13
                          I like the eastern end of the Yellowhead, it shows you don't need a huge open strip of land to build a freeway. Its becomes a very compact freeway that doesn't suck up a ton of land area.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Edmcowboy11
                            A Flyover could be the case because of the proximity of 156 but what about the problem of all the businesses that rely on direct access to yellowhead. Costco, Casino Yellowhead and the hotel could be hurt, especially the hotel if you couldn't get there off the freeway.
                            I think most of the businesses along there, as well as those between 97 - 89 Streets and near 66 Street, can adjust. Their continued exposure along the Yellowhead isn't going to hurt them anyway. Otherwise I say "too bad so sad" because the Y-head was always intended to be a freeway since the damn thing was first built.
                            “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                            • #15
                              Well ok, that is true.

                              How bout this then, a minor solution to not completely eliminate access to yellowhead. Eliminate 142 completely, either flyover or simply nothing at all. And at 149 have a flyover except have a right off-ramp from yellowhead to 149 westbound and a right on-ramp from 149 to yellowhead eastbound.

                              Maybe a stupid idea it could be an option.
                              LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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