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|Maintained by||City of Edmonton & Alberta Transportation|
|Length||28.0 km (17.4 mi)|
|West end||City limits (231 Street)|
|Anthony Henday Drive, 170 Street, Fox Drive, Terwillegar Drive, Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard, 75 Street, 50 Street|
|East end||City limits (Anthony Henday Drive)|
Whitemud Drive is the main east-west freeway in southern Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is one of few roads in Edmonton that has controlled access and limited at-grade intersections with traffic signals. It currently functions as a freeway between Anthony Henday Drive in the west and Anthony Henday Drive in the east. Its portion from 170 Street and 75 Street forms part of Edmonton's inner ring road.
Whitemud Drive begins in the west at an unsignalized intersection with 231 Street at Edmonton's boundary with Parkland County, and ends in the east at an interchange with the eastern leg of Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) at Edmonton's boundary with Strathcona County. The road is preceded by the western segment of Highway 628 from Stony Plain, and succeeded by an eastern segment of Highway 628 to Highway 21. It is signed as Highway 2 between the west leg of Anthony Henday Drive and Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard, and Highway 14 between Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard and the east leg of Anthony Henday Drive.
Over its course, Whitemud Drive passes at-grade signalized intersections at Winterburn Road (215 Street) and Lewis Estates Boulevard/Guardian Road in the west before passing under the western leg of Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216), which is accessed through a partially signalized interchange.
Continuing eastward, access is provided through interchanges at 178 Street, 170 Street, 159 Street, 149 Street (limited access), Fox Drive, 53 Avenue, Terwillegar Drive, 119/122 Street, 111 Street, Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard (Highway 2), 99 Street, 91 Street, 66/75 Street, 50 Street, 34 Street, 17 Street and the eastern leg of Anthony Henday Drive. Along this portion, Whitemud Drive crosses the North Saskatchewan River on the Quesnell Bridge before Fox Drive, Whitemud Creek (its namesake) before 119/121 Street, Mill Creek before 50 Street, and Fulton Creek after 17 Street. It also passes under a Canadian Pacific rail line before 99 Street and over a Canadian National rail line after 17 Street.
The most recent at-grade intersection to be upgraded to an interchange is 17 Street. The overpass has two lanes open in each direction. Construction is ongoing, with upgrades to 17 Street under the overpass being scheduled for completion in 2012, as well as a third lane for both directions of Whitemud Drive. As a result, Whitemud Drive now has no traffic signals between the western and eastern junctions with Anthony Henday Drive.
The Whitemud extension (Highway 628) through Strathcona County will be divided all the way to Highway 21.
Interchanges and intersections
Whitemud Drive currently has 20 interchanges, 3 underpasses and 2 overpasses, giving it freeway status (red) for the 24.6 kilometres (15.3 mi) from Anthony Henday Drive on the west side to Anthony Henday Drive on the east side.
|Whitemud Drive Exit list|