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    Alberta Budget 2017: Funding for Fort Saskatchewan bridge twinning


    The Alberta NDP’s 2017 budget included some big news for one of Edmonton’s bedroom communities. The province announced funding for the twinning of the Highway 15 bridge near Fort Saskatchewan.

    More than 24,000 vehicles cross the 59-year-old bridge daily, leading to serious congestion and safety concerns.

    Fort Saskatchewan’s mayor says twinning the bridge will improve economic productivity and ease residents’ commutes.
    “We are the gateway to Alberta’s industrial heartland,” Gale Katchur said. “Definitely it is a need for our community and the region.”

    She thanked area MLA Jessica Littlewood for her work advocating for the funds.

    “This bridge and the solution for the area is something that is a long time coming,” Littlewood said. “It’s been 40 years that we’ve been waiting for a solution for the transportation needs for the people and for industry. This is going to be something that will safe lives and grow the economy at the same time.”

    It’s not clear how much money has been earmarked for the project, if the money is for construction or planning, or what the timeline will be.
    Link:
    http://www.630ched.com/2017/03/17/al...idge-twinning/
    “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

  • #2
    I think this will be great for Fort Saskatchewan, especially given the high volumes that crossed that bridge as an Edmonton bypass (before the Anthony Henday NE was opened).
    "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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    • #3
      I wonder how long before Highway 28A is extended south of Manning Drive to cross the river and intersect with Highway 21.
      "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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      • #4
        Weren't there plans to build a new highway between NE Edmonton and south of Fort Saskatchewan at some point?
        “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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        • #5
          There are planning meetings shortly about exactly that, however nothing for 25 to 35 years (the government's words)
          http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...ercrossing.htm

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          • #6
            Fort Saskatchewan bridge twinning announcement:
            https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?x...6C17DD56AD539E
            “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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            • #7
              I'd like to see how (if) they plan on twinning the highway within Fort Saskatchewan. There are several overpasses that are too short to accommodate four lanes underneath.

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              • #8
                ^ Yeah, I noticed planned upgrades to the CN bridge and Lamoureux, but nothing within Ft Sask itself. There's the multi-use trail just south of the bridge, and the two 99 Ave. overpasses which are all only two lane underneath. The pedestrian overpass just south may need upgrading too, or the free flow lanes may need to become shared merge lanes. Those overpasses just south of the bridge have been hit by trucks on more than one occasion, maybe they can increase the height while they're widening them.

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                • #9
                  Construction begins next year, although work has begun at the Hwy 37 intersection.
                  “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
                    I hope the election won't delay this. The CN bridge is the only other bridge being modified, looks like the others will remain low and narrow.

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                    • #12
                      So I don't ever go out this way, is this project mainly to widen the bridge or is there still some other road work that needs to be done?
                      LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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                      • #13
                        Construction will move ahead this summer on the twinning of Highway 15

                        Construction of the new Fort Saskatchewan bridge and twinning of Highway 15 will begin this construction season, creating more than 500 jobs and making it quicker and safer to move people and goods throughout the Industrial Heartland region.
                        “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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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Edmcowboy11 View Post
                          So I don't ever go out this way, is this project mainly to widen the bridge or is there still some other road work that needs to be done?

                          Super busy road.
                          " The strength of a man is in the stride he walks."

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                          • #15
                            From the Edmonton city limits to 21 it is super jammed at rush hour

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