Final leg of Anthony Henday Drive open to traffic in 2016
Faster commutes for Edmonton drivers are only a few years away as the Alberta government starts work on the northeast branch of Anthony Henday Drive.
The final leg of the Edmonton ring road is scheduled to open in fall of 2016.
More than 50,000 Albertans use the Henday each day. The ring road, once completed, will change the way residents in the Capital Region connect with the people and services that matter to them – reducing commute times and traffic congestion. It will also dramatically benefit industry that uses the freeway as a vital route in all four directions, getting our products to market more quickly and efficiently.
Running from Manning Drive to just south of Whitemud Drive, the project includes 27 kilometres of six- and eight-lane divided roadway, nine interchanges, two road flyovers, eight rail crossings (flyovers), and two bridges across the North Saskatchewan River, for a total of 46 bridge structures.
Ric McIver, Alberta transportation minister, says the vision of the Edmonton Ring Road began in the 1970s.
“It is very rewarding to turn sod on a project that is so far reaching. This new road improves our quality of life, supports a changing and expanding population and furthers Alberta’s economic growth,” said McIver.
The Alberta government signed a 34-year contract with the Capital City Link General Partnership (CCLGP) to design, build, operate, and partially finance Northeast Anthony Henday Drive. The public-private partnership (P3) contract is worth $1.81 billion in 2012 dollars, to be paid over the term of the contract, and follows a P3 selection process which began in March 2011.
This is a savings of $370 million, compared to the estimated cost of $2.18 billion using traditional delivery. The other two bids received were $2.03 billion and $2.22 billion, according to a press release from the transportation ministry.
The project is a great opportunity for CCLGP to partner with Alberta, says Elisabeth Hivon, and deliver new, high quality transportation infrastructure in an accelerated manner under a single P3 contract.
“We look forward to partnering with the Province of Alberta for the next 34 years. Together we will develop a project that will provide for a safe transportation network bringing both mobility and further economic growth to the region,” said Hivon. CCLGP partners are Meridiam Infrastructure NEAH ULC, ACS NEAH Partner Inc. and HOCHTIEF NEAH Partner Inc. .
The design and construction of the project will be subcontracted to a construction joint venture made up of Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited, Dragados Canada Inc., Aecon Construction Management Inc., and Lafarge Canada Inc. Operations and maintenance will be subcontracted to Volker Stevin Highways Ltd.
McIver says using Alberta’s P3 model for highways allows the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive to be finished three years earlier than through conventional delivery. Including the Northeast section, the Alberta government has committed more than $4 billion toward the construction of the Edmonton Ring Road.