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New Anthony Henday lanes open in southwest Edmonton

DCN-JOC News Services
New Anthony Henday lanes open in southwest Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALTA. – An 18-kilometre expansion to widen the southwest leg of Anthony Henday Drive is now complete.

The project added a third lane in both the eastbound and westbound directions and widened bridge structures over the North Saskatchewan River.

“Southwest Henday has long been a source of frustration for drivers…The new six-lane section will also reduce travel times between the region’s major economic corridors, the QEII and Yellowhead Highway,” said Alberta Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devin Dreeshen in a statement.

The new lanes along Anthony Henday Drive run between Calgary Trail and Whitemud Drive. The original portion was constructed to accommodate 40,000 vehicles daily and with the expansion the section can now accommodate up to 120,000 vehicles per day.

The southwest section of Anthony Henday Drive opened to traffic in 2006. Construction of the expansion began in 2019 at a cost of $100 million.

Non-traffic-related work will continue until next spring.

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