Gateway Boulevard

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Gateway Boulevard
Alberta Highway 2.svg
Maintained by the City of Edmonton
and Alberta Transportation
Length 14.5 km (9.0 mi)
Location Edmonton
South end City Limits (41 Avenue SW)
Major
junctions
Ellerslie Road, Anthony Henday Drive, 23 Avenue, 34 Avenue, Whitemud Drive, 51 Avenue, 63 Avenue, Whyte Avenue
North end Saskatchewan Drive

Gateway Boulevard is a one-way major arterial in south Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is a major commuter route for communities south of Edmonton, such as Leduc.

Gateway Boulevard runs in a northbound direction, beginning at the City of Edmonton limits as Alberta Highway 2. It continues past South Edmonton Common as a two-way freeway separated by a median; for this portion, the roadway actually has two names, the southbound Calgary Trail, and northbound Gateway Boulevard. Near 31 Avenue, Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard separate and become one-way arterials. Highway 2 continues along Whitemud Drive west, while Gateway Boulevard continues towards the city centre. Calgary Trail (104 Street) and Gateway Boulevard continue to run parallel through Old Strathcona to Saskatchewan Drive, where they end.

History[edit]

Gateway Boulevard was formerly known as Calgary Trail Northbound (south of 55 Avenue) and 103 Street (between 55 Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive), but in 2001, the entire stretch was renamed. Initially, the name change met with some controversy.[1][2] The name Calgary Trail stood for many years, as this was Alberta's primary highway to Calgary following the rail lines. The rails once crossed Gateway Boulevard to use the High Level Bridge to enter downtown Edmonton, but now end just north of Whyte Avenue. The CPR still has a rail yard serving the industrial district along the east side of Gateway Boulevard.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

List of neighbourhoods Gateway Boulevard runs through, in order from south to north.[3]

Interchanges and intersections[edit]

This is a list of major intersections, starting at the south end of Gateway Boulevard.[3]

Direction Intersecting road Current intersection type Coordinates
South-North 41 Avenue SW At-grade 53°23′45″N 113°30′29″W / 53.39583°N 113.50806°W / 53.39583; -113.50806 (Gateway x 41SW)
Ellerslie Road (9 Avenue SW) Diamond interchange 53°25′29″N 113°29′35″W / 53.42472°N 113.49306°W / 53.42472; -113.49306 (Gateway x 9SW)
Anthony Henday Drive Stack interchange 53°26′14″N 113°29′25″W / 53.43722°N 113.49028°W / 53.43722; -113.49028 (Gateway x Henday)
19 Avenue NW At-grade (northbound exit only) 53°26′48″N 113°29′33″W / 53.44667°N 113.49250°W / 53.44667; -113.49250 (Gateway x 19NW)
23 Avenue NW Diamond interchange 53°27′14″N 113°29′33″W / 53.45389°N 113.49250°W / 53.45389; -113.49250 (Gateway x 23NW)
Calgary Trail (South end of diamond) 53°27′39″N 113°29′33″W / 53.46083°N 113.49250°W / 53.46083; -113.49250 (Gateway x Calgary)
34 Avenue NW At-grade (traffic lights) 53°28′4″N 113°29′31″W / 53.46778°N 113.49194°W / 53.46778; -113.49194 (Gateway x 34NW)
G.A. MacDonald Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°28′33″N 113°29′31″W / 53.47583°N 113.49194°W / 53.47583; -113.49194 (Gateway x MacDonald)
Whitemud Drive Diamond interchange 53°28′50″N 113°29′31″W / 53.48056°N 113.49194°W / 53.48056; -113.49194 (Gateway x Whitemud)
51 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°29′17″N 113°29′31″W / 53.48806°N 113.49194°W / 53.48806; -113.49194 (Gateway x 51)
54 Avenue At-grade 53°29′26″N 113°29′31″W / 53.49056°N 113.49194°W / 53.49056; -113.49194 (Gateway x 54)
61 Avenue At-grade 53°29′56″N 113°29′35″W / 53.49889°N 113.49306°W / 53.49889; -113.49306 (Gateway x 61)
Allendale Road / 63 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°30′0″N 113°29′38″W / 53.50000°N 113.49389°W / 53.50000; -113.49389 (Gateway x 63)
University Avenue At-grade 53°30′40″N 113°29′40″W / 53.51111°N 113.49444°W / 53.51111; -113.49444 (Gateway x University)
Whyte (82) Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°31′5″N 113°29′42″W / 53.51806°N 113.49500°W / 53.51806; -113.49500 (Gateway x 82)
Saskatchewan Drive At-grade 53°31′25″N 113°29′45″W / 53.52361°N 113.49583°W / 53.52361; -113.49583 (Gateway x Saskatchewan)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2000/08/25/ctrll000825.html 'Gateway Boulevard' idea may lead nowhere. CBC News, 2000-08-25.
  2. ^ "Name change brings mixed reviews". CBC News. 2000-09-26. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b City of Edmonton map utility