Construction projects cause traffic delays in southwest Edmonton

Multiple ongoing construction projects are causing major traffic delays in southwest Edmonton.

The Terwillegar Drive expansion is one project causing delays near 53 Avenue and Whitemud Drive.

Stage one of the project began in the spring. The city is widening the route to four lanes in each to accommodate high volumes of traffic on the major north-south route.

A shared-use path on the east side of Terwillegar Drive is also being added, along with bus stop upgrades.

“It’s a little frustrating, going up and down Terwillegar here,” commuter Ryan Davis told CTV News Edmonton.

“It’s gonna be a while of a lot of frustration, but I think in the end it’s going to be worth it.”

The area also sees a bottleneck form at 53 Avenue, especially during rush hour as drivers exit off Whitemud Drive. There, crews are rebuilding parts of the roadway and installing new lighting and a shared-use path until the end of September.

Construction on the north section of the road – between Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday Drive – isn’t expected to be completed until the end of 2022.

RIVERBEND RESURFACING STARTING SOON

Another project, on the south portion of Terwillegar Drive is planned to begin area late this summer and scheduled to finish by the end of 2023.

Riverbend Road is slated to be resurfaced and will be reduced to one lane in August from north of Rabbit Hill Road to Terwillegar.

Despite all the traffic delays, driver Pat Heddleston called the construction a positive sign for Edmonton’s economy.

“That means there’s people, there’s jobs, there’s employment,” said Heddleston. “Our economy is boosting. It’s a good thing.”

“We understand that this construction may cause delays and we appreciate commuters’ patience as we continue to build and renew roads throughout Edmonton.” A city spokesperson, Kristi Bland, told CTV News Edmonton.

She reminded commuters to watch for signage, lowered speed limits in construction zones, and detour.

With files from CTV News Edmonton's Carlyle Fiset.