Yellowhead Trail - 156 Street to St. Albert Trail

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Consultation has concluded

Yellowhead Trail is being converted to a freeway. We are currently doing the engineering design for the portion of Yellowhead Trail between 156 Street and St. Albert Trail. Construction is expected to start in 2021.

Share your feedback about the project until October 30, below.


Watch this video for an overview of the 156 Street to St. Albert Trail project:


See how the proposed changes might affect your commute.

Watch the video above and then the others below that are most interesting to you. Project area maps can be found in the document library on the right.

Yellowhead Trail 156 Street to St. Albert Trail videos:


To follow the physical distancing requirements currently in place due to COVID-19, all in-person engagement sessions have been put on hold. We value your input, however, and encourage you to share your feedback with us.


Please start with the Guestbook, below. Moving to the right, see the Project History, where information about the public and stakeholder engagement in the Concept Phase can be found. Consider asking our project team any questions that you might have. Finally, take a quick three question survey.

Yellowhead Trail is being converted to a freeway. We are currently doing the engineering design for the portion of Yellowhead Trail between 156 Street and St. Albert Trail. Construction is expected to start in 2021.

Share your feedback about the project until October 30, below.


Watch this video for an overview of the 156 Street to St. Albert Trail project:


See how the proposed changes might affect your commute.

Watch the video above and then the others below that are most interesting to you. Project area maps can be found in the document library on the right.

Yellowhead Trail 156 Street to St. Albert Trail videos:


To follow the physical distancing requirements currently in place due to COVID-19, all in-person engagement sessions have been put on hold. We value your input, however, and encourage you to share your feedback with us.


Please start with the Guestbook, below. Moving to the right, see the Project History, where information about the public and stakeholder engagement in the Concept Phase can be found. Consider asking our project team any questions that you might have. Finally, take a quick three question survey.

Having had an opportunity to review the videos and plans for this project, what do you think is important for the City to consider going forward?

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

The closure of the intersection at 149th street is insane. The amount of traffic that will divert onto 118th. avenue, 156st., St.Albert Trail will be overwhelming! I have lived and worked in this area over 50 years and I dread the results. A few years ago when 127th Street was being repaved the traffic up St, Albert Trail was terrible. The traffic circle at 118Th. avenue was almost at a standstill during rush hour. My travel time to and from work is 6 minutes on a good day. During that construction I dealt with travel times that were as high as one hour! Do something right for a change and don't close the 149th street crossing!!!

BGreen 12 months ago

You city planers are crazy closing the 149th. Street crossing. I've lived and worked in this area over 40 years and making the traffic that uses this road detour to 156 st and St. Albert Trail is going to cause chaos. 118 avenue is going to become overwhelmed with traffic especially in the area of the St. Alvert Trail traffic circle. I saw it first hand when 127th Street was renovated a few years ago. Go back to the drawing board!

BGreen 12 months ago

I agree with closing the 142 street intersection across the Yellowhead. Closing 149 street is a mistake. There is a lot of north/south traffic that crosses Yellowhead, and accesses the east/west travel on the Yellowhead that will now burden St. Albert trail. The proposals for the 127 st/Yellowhead intersection indicate that access to Yellowhead won't be available at that intersection either, and north/south access could be limited, so the traffic from that route will have to use St. Albert Trail as well. This leaves only 97 st and St. Albert Trail for North Edmontonians to commute south of the Yellowhead, rush hours will be a disaster. How much of an increase in traffic does the city think those routes can accomodate. It will take twice as long for people in North Edmonton to commute downtown than those coming from Leduc and Beaumont. Access through South Edmonton has seen nothing but improvements over the past decades while the north side is having access reduced.

Juliette 12 months ago

People who live in areas south of Yellowhead between and near 142 st and 149 st. You are cutting off our access to a major thoroughfare to go almost anywhere east or west of us and making our commutes longer and harder.

TA 12 months ago

These videos don't show if people who live in the areas south of Yellowhead near 142 and 149 streets can access Yellowhead from those services roads or need to go the long way around to 156 or St. Albert Trail. I'd like to know that because I am one of the people who would be affected by this. My sense is that the City isn't really concerned with us.

Between these changes and the LRT messing up Stony Plain Road, it seems that living and driving in my local area will get much harder in the coming years. Enough that I feel like I am being forced to move.

TA 12 months ago

I, like most residents, want the YH to be a proper freeway, it will be great for productivity. It's about 40 years overdue, and it's costing a billion dollars to do it. So why are we doing the job only 80% right?

Redirecting all 149 street traffic to 156 street is going to be an absolute disaster. Has the city not seen how many people turn left on or off the YH at 149 street every traffic signal change?? 156 street is already overloaded with tons of heavy truck traffic that's already terrible, now let's make it much, much worse.

But hey, the city has already been priming residents to reduce 149 street usage by adding a bunch of new traffic lights to make it more miserable to drive on over the past 2 years anyway. Maybe the people won't notice, right??? And that's not even mentioning 149 street's abysmal signal timings that stop you at every single light, every time. All this to save a buck by closing the 149 street intersection instead of doing the right thing and building a bridge or underpass.

WestEnder 12 months ago

Closing 149 street and 142 street are good ideas! However, doing so redirects A LOT of traffic to 156 and St.Albert trail. Currently it is already a nightmare to turn at St.Albert trail and its going to get even worse! There NEEDS to be a DEDICATED turn around lane for the vehicles going from EB Yellowhead to WB Yellowhead via that service road. Doing so will help eliminate some of that extra traffic turning left on the already busy intersection.

JaayJR 12 months ago

What benefits does this project have? I don't see how this will help the city, and this amount of funding could go to other, more beneficial projects.

yegperson 12 months ago

Yellowhead 156 team's response to Neeru's questions:
With the removal of the signalized intersections at 149 Street and 142 Street, traffic is expected to increase at the 156 Street and St. Albert Trail interchanges. Traffic modelling to date has not identified a need for significant modifications at either of these interchanges as a result of the 156 Street to St. Albert Trail project, however the City is continuing to look at the St. Albert Trail interchange as part of the concept planning study for Yellowhead Trail between St. Albert Trail and 97 Street.

The St. Albert Trail to 97 Street project will also result in a change in traffic patterns in the area. The planning study may identify improvements that are required at that interchange, depending on which option is ultimately selected. Minor improvements (for instance, adding a double left for northbound to westbound traffic) may be undertaken as part of the project.

Maureen 12 months ago

Are you guys crazy. 149 street is a busy intersection and is a very busy intersection for south bound traffic. By taking it away you will be creating horrible traffic problems. The only reason I can see is because the city does not respect the north side and they are too cheap to do an underpass for the railway tracks. This is unacceptable. I will not support this or any councillors who approve this disaster. Yes 142 street should go as it does not go anywhere north of Yellowhead.

skip 12 months ago

What will be the traffic ramifications on the 156th St overpass and the St. Albert Trail overpass? Will these streets be widened? More lanes? There may be fewer accidents on the Yellowhead as a result of these changes but that might increase accidents at the mentioned overpasses. Traffic is already heavy there with the current volume.

Neeru 12 months ago

I approve of the plan to shut down some intersections on the Yellowhead.

littletandog about 1 year ago