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Council approves changes to Terwillegar Drive
Terwillegar residents want the city to make changes to the road to ease traffic congestion.
Alex Antoneshyn, CTV Edmonton
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 9:14PM MST
Improvements to make Terwillegar Drive an expressway from Anthony Henday to Whitemud Drive will be included in the city budget.
City council agreed Friday to borrow $112 million to turn the roadway into an expressway.
In an online post, Ward 9 Councillor Tim Cartmell said the city has considered improvements to Terwillegar Drive four times since 2001.
“I've got a copy of the 1975 transportation plan and it's mentioned in that plan. So that's a solid 40 years in some people's lives,” he said.
A draft concept plan details widening the roadway to four lanes in each direction, and adding turning lanes at all intersections, as well as smart signals.
The $112 million will fund the conceptual design for Stage 1, and planning for Stage 2.
“With a little luck, we’ll be designing through 2019, perhaps early 2020, and maybe we’ll have shovels in the ground in 2020, perhaps a little bit later—but that’s a hope,” Cartmell said.
He predicted four or five years would be needed to finish the construction.