The northeast leg and final link in Anthony Henday Drive opened to traffic on Saturday, October 1, following its grand opening ceremony, marking the first completed ring road in Alberta.
The $1.8 Billion Northeast Anthony Henday Drive provides 80 km of free-flow traffic around Edmonton and connects the 24 municipalities in the Capital Region. The total cost of the ring road was $4 Billion.
Northeast Anthony Henday Drive has 27 km of six and eight-lane divided roadway, 10 interchanges, two road flyovers and five railway flyovers. Of the 27 km of roadway, 9 km was constructed through green field site while 18 km was along existing sections of Anthony Henday Drive, Yellowhead Trail and Sherwood Park Freeway. The project required the construction of 47 new bridges —13 over railways, two over the North Saskatchewan River and 32 over various roads and ramps.
ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) has been involved with this project since 2005 when we undertook the Functional Planning Study for the North Edmonton Ring Road. Following success as the Owner’s Engineer for the northwest portion of the ring road, ISL was selected as Owner’s Engineer for the northeast portion in 2010. ISL formed a multi-disciplinary team of primarily local staff from the Edmonton office, to work closely with Alberta Transportation (AT) to develop the Design-Build Finance Operate (DBFO) Agreement. ISL then assisted AT in evaluating the submissions from the various proponents in order to procure a DBFO contractor to design and construct the road and manage it for 30 years.
Construction started in May 2012 when ISL reconfigured its team to include professionals in roads, bridges, drainage, electrical, geotechnical, traffic, environmental, safety and quality. In total, 150 ISL employees from the Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Burnaby offices have contributed to the project since 2010. Staff from 20 subconsultant companies have supplemented ISL’s expertise."