97 Street, Edmonton

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97 Street
Alberta Highway 28.svg
Heroes Boulevard, Alberta Highway 28
Former name(s) Namao Avenue[1]
Maintained by the City of Edmonton
Length 12.1 km (7.5 mi)
Location Edmonton
South end Jasper Avenue
Major
junctions
Jasper Avenue, 111 Avenue, 118 Avenue, Yellowhead Trail, 137 Avenue, 153 Avenue, 167 Avenue
North end City Limits

97 Street is a major arterial road in north Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is used to take vehicles in and out of Downtown Edmonton to the city's northern suburban neighbourhoods and to the region's main military installation, CFB Edmonton.

The road has existed in some form since Edmonton was a small agricultural community. At its southern terminus it connects with Jasper Avenue, early Edmonton's main street, at the location of the Shaw Conference Centre and Canada Place the main federal government offices in Alberta since 1988 and the former site of the Alberta Hotel. Proceeding north, 97 Street passes the Winspear Centre for Music, and the Law Courts, as well as the Chinatown gate in Chinatown and Little Italy. Like all early roads in eastern Edmonton, Namao Avenue as it was called, ran at a slight angle to a true north-south line, being more NNW-SSE. During later development (north of 110A Avenue) it switches to a straight north-south course.

The neighbourhood along the west side, between 137 and 153 Avenues, Griesbach, Edmonton, used to be designated for homes for the families of the base. This has since been redeveloped by the Canada Lands Corporation. 97 Street is still used as the Canadian Forces' parade to the base upon return of duty of the troops. This has prompted the light standards being tied with yellow ribbons and the street nicknamed Heroes Boulevard. This honorary name was the idea of local dentist Randy Crowell as a tribute to all past and present members of Edmontons' military family. 10,000 names were gathered through radio media outlets and presented to City Hall in support of the Heroes Boulevard tribute.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

List of neighbourhoods 97 Street runs through, in order from south to north.[2]

Interchanges and intersections[edit]

This is a list of major intersections, starting at the south end of 97 Street.[2]

Direction Intersecting road Current intersection type Coordinates
South-North Jasper (101) Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°32′32″N 113°29′8″W / 53.54222°N 113.48556°W / 53.54222; -113.48556 (97 x 101)
103A Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°32′48″N 113°29′14″W / 53.54667°N 113.48722°W / 53.54667; -113.48722 (97 x 103A)
107A Avenue (of Nations) At-grade (traffic lights) 53°33′10″N 113°29′23″W / 53.55278°N 113.48972°W / 53.55278; -113.48972 (97 x 107A)
108A Avenue (to Kingsway (Avenue)) At-grade (traffic lights) 53°33′17″N 113°29′26″W / 53.55472°N 113.49056°W / 53.55472; -113.49056 (97 x 108A)
111 Avenue (Norwood Boulevard) At-grade (traffic lights) 53°33′32″N 113°29′31″W / 53.55889°N 113.49194°W / 53.55889; -113.49194 (97 x 111)
118 (Alberta) Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°34′13″N 113°29′31″W / 53.57028°N 113.49194°W / 53.57028; -113.49194 (97 x 118)
Hwy 16 (TCH) / Yellowhead Trail (Exit 389) Single-point urban interchange
Hwy 28 begins.
53°34′53″N 113°29′31″W / 53.58139°N 113.49194°W / 53.58139; -113.49194 (97 x Yellowhead)
127 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) with
(101 St/128 Av) quadrant roadway
53°35′5″N 113°29′31″W / 53.58472°N 113.49194°W / 53.58472; -113.49194 (97 x 127)
132 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°35′31″N 113°29′31″W / 53.59194°N 113.49194°W / 53.59194; -113.49194 (97 x 132)
137 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°35′58″N 113°29′31″W / 53.59944°N 113.49194°W / 53.59944; -113.49194 (97 x 137)
144 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°36′25″N 113°29′31″W / 53.60694°N 113.49194°W / 53.60694; -113.49194 (97 x 144)
153 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°36′50″N 113°29′31″W / 53.61389°N 113.49194°W / 53.61389; -113.49194 (97 x 153)
160 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°37′17″N 113°29′31″W / 53.62139°N 113.49194°W / 53.62139; -113.49194 (97 x 160)
Castle Downs Road / 167 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°37′44″N 113°29′31″W / 53.62889°N 113.49194°W / 53.62889; -113.49194 (97 x 167)
176 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights) 53°38′18″N 113°29′31″W / 53.63833°N 113.49194°W / 53.63833; -113.49194 (97 x 176)
Hwy 216 / Anthony Henday Drive (Exit 39) Partial cloverleaf interchange A-4 (traffic lights) 53°38′46″N 113°29′31″W / 53.64611°N 113.49194°W / 53.64611; -113.49194 (97 x Henday)
Continues as Hwy 28 north – Bon Accord, Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naming Edmonton: from Ada to Zoie, (ed.) Merrily K. Aubrey, University of Alberta Press, Edmonton (Alta.), 2004, Edmonton Historical Board, Heritage Sites Committee. p. 228
  2. ^ a b City of Edmonton map utility