Highway 628 reconstruction to start in 2019
Long anticipated reconstruction of Highway 628 west of Edmonton will mean a smoother, safer commute.
L to R: Mayor Shaigec, Mayor Choy, Stony Plain MLA Erin Babcock and Mayor Houston present plans for the reconstruction of Highway 628. Photo: Government of Alberta
This 15-kilometre section of highway between Campsite Road and Edmonton’s west city limits has seen an increasing volume of motorists from Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Parkland County.
“Safety for all the people who use our roads is my No. 1 priority,” said Minister of Transportation Brian Mason. “As these communities continue to grow, it’s important that our transportation infrastructure keep pace. The Highway 628 project will improve safety and reduce commute times and congestion as people make their way to visit family or friends, go to medical appointments or do their grocery shopping.”
Realignment and reconstruction of the highway will be completed in two stages:
• Between 231 Street at the west end of Whitemud Drive in Edmonton to Highway 60.
• Between Highway 60 and Campsite Road south of Spruce Grove.
Land purchase and relocation of utilities will begin in 2019 and construction could start in 2021. Construction is expected to take four to six years to complete and will support more than 350 direct and indirect jobs.
“Highway 628 is a major artery for our community, connecting us with each other, and with the rest of the greater Edmonton area," said Mayor of Stony Plain William Choy. "We travel it to visit friends and loved one, to business meetings with colleagues, or to our jobs, where we make money to provide for our families. At its surface, Highway 628 is a road, but beyond that, it also connects us together.”
“As a Tri-Municipal Region, we have long been advocating for improvements to this highway. This announcement is very positive news for our communities and will facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people, resources and goods in the region,” said Mayor of Spruce Grove Stuart Houston.
“We are thrilled and encouraged by the announcement of the highly anticipated reconstruction of Highway 628. This realignment and reconstruction will not only help improve traffic flow along the highway, reducing commute times and congestion, but even more importantly – it will improve safety for all motorists in the region,” added Mayor of Parkland County Rod Shaigec.
• Highway 628 is becoming an important commuter link between Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and residential developments in Parkland County.
• Traffic volume on Highway 628 east of Highway 60 is currently about 5,000 vehicles per day.
• Roughly 630 vehicles travel west of Highway 60 each day.
• Current maintenance costs for the highway are more than $400,000 per year.
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