NE Henday make room for construction of six new lanes between Sherwood Park Freeway and Yellowhead Trail.

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UPDATE: Northeast Henday Drive detour starts September 3

Changing traffic patterns on NE Henday make room for construction of six new lanes between Sherwood Park Freeway and Yellowhead Trail.

Starting on the evening of Tuesday, September 3*, a detour will be constructed to move northbound Henday Drive traffic to share the newly widened southbound side while crews demolish and rebuild an expanded northbound side. A bridge between Yellowhead and Henday will also be demolished over the Labour Day weekend.

Constructing the northbound Henday detour

Date: September 3 - 5 
Time: Between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. nightly 
* Project was delayed from original August 30 schedule due to heavy rain.

During the detour – until Spring 2015

This detour will be in place for up to 18 months. Traffic will then be shifted to the newly widened northbound lanes so more work can be done on the existing southbound side. During this time:

  • Henday will continue to provide two lanes in each direction.
  • Access to connecting roads will remain available.
  • Some amp locations will change.
  • Construction zone speed limit continues to be 80 km/h.

Shifting traffic patterns from side to side allows crews to work continuously, safely separated from traffic, and minimizes disruption for drivers.

All six lanes of NE Henday Drive between Sherwood Park Freeway and Yellowhead Trail will be open to the public by 2016.

Yellowhead and Broadmoor ramp detour

Date: DELAYED until further notice (updated August 29)

The ramp connecting Broadmoor Boulevard and westbound Yellowhead to southbound Henday Drive will be closed to allow crews to demolish an old bridge. During this time:

  • Access to southbound Henday from westbound Yellowhead will detour via Hayter Road and 116 Avenue.
  • Broadmoor Boulevard traffic can use the same detour after joining westbound Yellowhead Trail, or travel south to enter Henday Drive from Baseline Road.
  • After the bridge demolition, construction will begin on a larger, safer Yellowhead interchange.

Safety in construction zones

  • Drivers are advised to be mindful of all flag persons, signs and signals, particularly as they adjust to the new traffic pattern.
  • Fines for speeding are doubled in construction zones when workers are present.

About the Anthony Henday project

  • Designed to serve the Capital Region for the next thirty years.
  • Northeast section will be completed three years early by using Alberta’s P3 model, saving taxpayers $370 million.
  • The Edmonton ring road is a $4 billion investment, including $1.81 billion for the northeast section, which includes 47 bridge structures.

This project is one of many that deliver on Alberta Transportation’s Building Alberta commitment to support the economy and increase market access by focusing on capital plan projects for core infrastructure and key corridors.

Road reports

For up-to-date road information and traffic delays in Alberta

Call:  511 toll-free

Click:  511.alberta.ca

Follow:  @511Alberta

For NE Henday information

Call:  855-272-3184

Click:  NE Henday website

Follow:  @NEAHCityLink 

Related information

NE Henday project overview map

NE Henday by the numbers

Multimedia

NE Henday construction photos

View future NE Henday:

Yellowhead Trail interchange

Baseline Road interchange

Sherwood Park Fwy interchange


Media inquiries

Government of Alberta