The Government of Alberta has announced that it is moving forward with plans to expand Southwest Anthony Henday Drive.
Anthony Henday Drive is the 80-kilometre ring road around Edmonton. It was constructed in multiple phases over a period of 26 years, with the entire road open to traffic in October 2016.
The southwest portion of the Anthony Henday is 18 kilometres long. It is constructed primarily of concrete, and was originally designed and constructed for future expansion.
Budget 2018 included funding to expand the southwest portion of the ring road from four to six lanes. The project budget, including design work, is expected to reach $100 million.
The southwest leg of Edmonton’s ring road was designed for a capacity of 40,000 vehicles per day. Originally, this traffic volume was anticipated to occur in 2020. However, rapid development in southwest Edmonton resulted in capacity being reached in 2009. Today, that portion of the ring road carries approximately 80,000 vehicles per day.
With design work expected to be finalized later this year, construction for the project is expected to begin in 2019. It is anticipated that the project will take three years to complete.