NORTH EAST ANTHONY HEDNEY
The northeast section of the Anthony Hendey Drive, has a total project cost of $1.81 billion investment which includes a total of 47 structures. The Alberta government has committed more than $4 billion toward the construction of the Anthony Hendey Drive, otherwise known as the Edmonton Ring Road. This project is focussed on increasing the economy in northern Alberta. Increased market access by Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project also includes: 27 kilometres of six and eight-lane divided roadway, nine interchanges, two road flyovers, and eight rail crossing flyovers.
The northeast leg of Anthony Henday Drive opened on October 1, 2016, after five years of construction, completing the first ring road in Alberta. Its completion provides 80 kilometres of free-flow traffic around Edmonton and connects the 24 municipalities in the Capital Region.
One of the major project highlights was the construction of a twin bridge, almost one-third of a kilometre in length, over the North Saskatchewan River. The bridges include three lanes of northbound traffic and four lanes of southbound traffic with the capability for future widening of up to two additional lanes in each direction if warranted. The southbound bridge includes a pedestrian and bicycle bridge suspended below the structure, to connect to surrounding existing and future trail networks. This bike and pedestrian walkway will open in 2017.