Construction has begun on twinning the North Saskatchewan River Bridge on Highway 15 and into Fort Saskatchewan.
This section of Highway 15, which connects Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona County with Sturgeon County and Edmonton, is an important service and trade corridor and a commuter route for thousands of Albertans. It is the only river crossing into Fort Saskatchewan, with one lane of traffic in both directions.
Traffic volume is causing several issues:
- Since 2009, traffic volumes on the Highway 15 bridge have increased by 50% and continue to grow.
- Vehicles cross the bridge more than 23,000 times a day, which creates congestion, especially during peak periods.
- Collisions often result in the bridge being completely closed to traffic for hours.
Highway 15 twinning work will be completed through 2 separate projects:
This project includes construction east of the Highway 15 and Highway 28A intersection, to west of the Highway 15 and Highway 37 intersection:
- building approximately 3 km of new lanes south of the existing highway, which will become the eastbound lanes
- converting existing undivided highway to future westbound lanes
- extending the Pilon Creek culvert to accommodate the new lanes
The construction tender has been awarded to Wells Construction, Division of Lafarge Canada Inc. Construction began in summer 2019 was opened to traffic in the fall 2019.
This includes construction east of the Highway 15 and Highway 37 intersection, crossing the North Saskatchewan River, to east of the 99 Avenue overpass in Fort Saskatchewan:
- twinning and building a new eastbound 2-lane Highway 15 bridge with a pedestrian bridge underneath
- keeping the existing bridge in service during construction and converting it to a westbound only bridge when construction is complete
- completing twinning on Highway 15 from east of the Highway 15 and Highway 37 intersection to east of the 99 Avenue overpass in the City of Fort Saskatchewan
- CN overpass modifications
- building a retaining wall near 99 Avenue in Fort Saskatchewan
The construction tender has been awarded to Alberco Construction Ltd. Construction began in summer 2019 and is expected to take about 3 years to complete, which is typical for a project of this size.
- Design work for this multi-year project began in 2017.
- Construction began in summer 2019.
- Bridge construction work will continue through fall 2021 contingent on weather and contractor progress.
- Road construction on Highway 15 within the City of Fort Saskatchewan is anticipated to starting spring 2020 with an estimated completion in fall 2020.
- Traffic flow will be restricted to a single lane in each direction and speed will be reduced to 50km/h. All ramps of the 99 Avenue overpass will remain open. Work includes construction of retaining walls and road widening.
- Road construction work on Highway 15 west of the river is anticipated to get underway in spring 2021.
The twinning project will improve access for:
- existing industries
- agricultural producers
This project supports 2 multi-billion dollar petrochemical facilities planned for development in Sturgeon and Strathcona Counties.
The twinning project and bridge expansion will also:
- alleviate congestion on the Highway 15 bridge
- improve drive times for local commuters
- support economic development by improving the connection between Fort Saskatchewan, Sturgeon County and the Industrial Heartland
- support hundreds of jobs over the next few years
- provide infrastructure the province needs to ensure future economic growth and sustained job opportunities
- allow for efficient movement of goods and people throughout the Capital Region and beyond
- Delivering on Highway 15 twinning (August 21, 2019)
- Getting people moving in Fort Saskatchewan (March 8, 2019)
- Highway 15 improvement work starts in June (June 16, 2017)
- Twinning the bridge into Fort Saskatchewan (March 23, 2017)
For more information, contact Alberta Transportation’s North Central Region Office: