Anthony Henday Drive
|Anthony Henday Drive|
|Maintained by Alberta Transportation|
|Length:||69 km (43 mi)
Planned: 78 km (48 mi)
|Ring road around Edmonton|
| Hwy 2
Hwy 16 (TCH)
|Major cities:||Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park|
Anthony Henday Drive, designated Alberta Provincial Highway No. 216 by Alberta Transportation, is a ring road highway around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is under construction and named after Alberta explorer Anthony Henday.
Nearly 90% of the road is open to traffic. It starts in east Edmonton at Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16) and travels south to Highway 14, then west past Gateway Boulevard / Calgary Trail (Highway 2) and across the North Saskatchewan River to the Cameron Heights neighbourhood, then north past Whitemud Drive, Stony Plain Road and Yellowhead Trail to Ray Gibbon Drive, and then east past St. Albert Trail and 97 Street to end at Manning Drive. The highway designation 216, denotes its bypass linkages to Edmonton's two major crossroads, Highway 2 and Highway 16. A similar ring road, Highway 201, is also being constructed around Calgary.
The free-flowing northwest leg of Anthony Henday Drive from Yellowhead Trail in the west to Manning Drive in the northeast opened on November 1, 2011. An estimated 40,000 motorists use Anthony Henday Drive daily. Upon completion in 2016, Anthony Henday Drive will be Canada's first free-flowing orbital road.
History and past construction
The eastern leg from Yellowhead Trail to Highway 14 was already an existing highway for several decades; it was formerly known as Highway 14X.
The Alberta provincial government developed the ring road plan during the 1970s and purchased the land for this purpose. This encircling land became known as the Transportation and Utility Corridor, ("utilities" being both overhead high-voltage transmission lines, and underground gas and oil pipelines), TUC for short on engineering drawings.
The western leg from Yellowhead Trail to Whitemud Drive was constructed by the City of Edmonton during the 1990s, prior to the province taking over responsibility of the project. The 87 Avenue and Whitemud Drive interchanges were built, and the southwestern leg from Whitemud Drive to Calgary Trail / Gateway Boulevard was completed by October 2006. This section was the highest priority for construction due to its CANAMEX designation, providing a link between Highway 2 south and Highway 16 west. It became entirely free-flowing on November 2, 2011. The total distance of the southwestern leg from Yellowhead Trail to Gateway Boulevard is 24 km (15 mi).
Construction of the 11 km (6.8 mi) southeastern section from Calgary Trail / Gateway Boulevard to Highway 14 began in April 2005 and was completed in October 2007. The southeastern section was built through a public-private partnership (P3 — also known as a design-build-operate project), in which Access Roads won the contract for $493 million to build the road and maintain it for 30 years.
On the northern section of Anthony Henday Drive, construction of the interim segment from Highway 16 in the west to 137 Avenue was partially completed as part of St. Albert's West Regional Road (Ray Gibbon Drive) project. Construction of the entire 21 km (13 mi) northwest leg from Yellowhead Trail to Manning Drive (Highway 15) was started in September 2008, through the provincial government's signing of a $1.42 billion P3 agreement with Northwestconnect General Partnership to build and maintain the road for 30 years. This leg opened to traffic on November 1, 2011.
Current and future construction
The remaining 9 km (5.6 mi) leg in the northeast, from Manning Drive to the Yellowhead Highway in east Edmonton, began construction in July 2012, and is targeted for completion in the fall of 2016. This project will also include the reconstruction and upgrading of 18 km (11 mi) of existing highway that was previously repurposed for Anthony Henday Drive between Yellowhead Trail and Whitemud Drive. Portions of Yellowhead Trail and Sherwood Park Freeway will also be enhanced. Overall, the project will include the construction of nine interchanges, two road flyovers, eight rail flyovers and twin bridges over the North Saskatchewan River for a total of 46 bridge structures. As with the southeast and northwest legs, a P3 was selected to build and maintain the northeast portion for 30 years after construction, for a cost of $1.81 billion.
Interchanges and intersections
Eventually the entire route will have freeway status, which means grade separation at all crossings to allow free-flow traffic. This is a list of all the intersections (completed and planned) starting at the southern Highway 2 crossing, heading clockwise.
|Hwy||Exit||km||Intersecting road||Current intersection type||Proposed intersection||Coordinates|
|78A||0||Calgary Trail (Highway 2)||Stack interchange|
|78B||Gateway Boulevard (Highway 2)|
|2||2||111 Street SW/NW||Folded diamond interchange|
|3||4||127 Street SW / 119 Street NW||Right-in/right-out (no crossover)||Diamond interchange|
|6||6||Rabbit Hill Road||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|8||8||Terwillegar Drive||Diamond interchange||Cloverstack|
|12||12||Maskêkosihk Trail (to Highway 627) / Cameron Heights Drive||Folded diamond interchange|
|14||14||Lessard Road||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|16||16||Callingwood Road / 62 Avenue||Folded diamond interchange|
|18A||18||Whitemud Drive||Partial cloverleaf interchange||Cloverstack|
|18B||Whitemud Drive (to Highway 628)|
|19||19||Webber Greens Drive / 87 Avenue||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|21||21||Stony Plain Road (Highway 16A) / 100 Avenue||Cloverstack|
|23||22||109 Avenue||Right-in/right-out (southbound only)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|111 Avenue||Right-in/right-out (northbound only)|
|25||25||Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16)||Cloverstack|
|27||27||Ray Gibbon Drive / 184 Street||Partial cloverleaf interchange||Cloverstack|
|—||28||LeClair Way / 137 Avenue||Overpass||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|—||30||Gervais Road / 170 Street||Underpass|
|31||31||St. Albert Trail (Mark Messier Trail, Highway 2)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|33||33||Campbell Road||Diamond interchange|
|—||34||Veness Road / 142 Street||Overpass|
|35||35||Range Road 250 / 127 Street||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|39||39||97 Street (Highway 28)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|43||43||66 Street||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|—||44||50 Street||none||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|46||46||Manning Drive (Highway 15)||Trumpet interchange||Stack interchange|
|—||48||18 Street NW / Victoria Trail||none||Overpass|
|50||153 Avenue NE/NW||none||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|53||130 Avenue NE/NW||none||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|—||54||118A Avenue NE / Hayter Road NW||none||Overpass|
|55||Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16)||Partial cloverleaf interchange||Stack interchange|
|58||Baseline Road / 101 Avenue||Partial cloverleaf interchange||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|61||Wye Road (Highway 630) / Sherwood Park Freeway (Highway 100)||Cloverleaf interchange||Cloverstack|
|62||Meridian (1) Street||Right-in/right-out (southbound only)||At-grade (southbound only)|
|64||Highway 628 (Township Road 522) / Whitemud Drive (Highway 14)||Cloverleaf interchange||Cloverstack|
|66||67||Highway 14||Directional T interchange|
|68||70||17 Street SW/NW||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|—||72||34 Street SW/NW||Underpass|
|73||73||50 Street SW/NW (to Highway 814)||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|—||75||66 Street SW/NW||Underpass|
|76||76||91 Street SW/NW||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|—||77||Parsons Road SW/NW||Overpass|
|78A||78||Calgary Trail (Highway 2)||Stack interchange|
|78B||Gateway Boulevard (Highway 2)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
; Open; Under construction (expected completion in 2016) Intersection type not changing, but being upgraded (expected completion in 2016)
- A flyover was originally planned on the western leg at 69 Avenue before it was ultimately scrapped by Alberta Transportation.
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