VIDEO: Virtual Project Update for 66 Street Residents

TransEd Valley Line LRT held a virtual meeting where we shared updates on construction, project milestones, train testing, and what we are doing to keep our crews, their families and the neighbourhoods they work in safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please keep an eye out on our website and social media to register/join the next project update for your community.

September 18, 2020 – Starting on or about Tuesday, September 22 Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) train system testing will be in progress on the LRT tracks along 66 Street, between 34 Avenue and 51 Avenue, from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. The train will be pushed and pulled by the Mobile Rescue Vehicle from the Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility (at 75 Street and 51 Avenue) and will return to the facility after testing. The train will not be powered. This system testing is expected to last for four days.

Crews will be performing clearance verification testing to authenticate the distance between the platform and train. The train systems testing process is to ensure that all elements are performing to required safety standards before opening to the public.

There will be occasional noise associated with this work, the bell dings from the Mobile Rescue vehicle to alert the public of the moving train.

There will be minimal traffic disruption with occasional train crossings at the roadways and intersections that cross the LRT tracks. Flaggers will be on-site where required.

FOR YOUR SAFETY, WE ASK YOU TO:
Stay alert while on the road. Although the train testing might be a distraction please be mindful of your surroundings and other road users.
Use the designated pedestrian walkways, please stay off tracks. Only cross at marked intersections or when permitted by a flag person.

We ask for your understanding and patience as construction progresses. For the most current, up-to-date information in your area, please visit http://transedlrt.ca/updates/

We encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletter on our website www.transedlrt.ca

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a day the world takes to celebrate the planet, and the measures they are taking to keep it safe. Below is how TransEd is protecting the environment while building the 13-kilometer alignment connecting Downtown Edmonton to Mill Woods:

Waste Management
In 2019, TransEd recycled 99% of waste from the project, including asphalt and concrete.

Reforestation
TransEd is planting 10,852 trees 85,767 shrubs, and grasses covering approximately 22,070 m2 along the alignment.

We will also be restoring native forests. Native seeds were collected from Edmonton’s River Valley and planted in greenhouses, those trees and plants will be replanted within the project area in the river valley. This reforestation will enhance the ecological integrity and biodiversity of Edmonton’s urban forest and reduce Edmonton’s carbon footprint.

Tree Protection
TransEd developed a tree protection plan to minimize the project’s impact on trees. Any work completed near trees is closely monitored by a professional arborist.

River Bioengineering
In 2020, TransEd will undertake a bioengineering project along the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River in the vicinity of the Tawatinâ Bridge. Plant stakes will be planted along the edge of the river to prevent erosion of the riverbank. With the establishment of vegetation on the riverbank and reduced erosion, the water quality in the North Saskatchewan River will improve and shade from the vegetation will provide habitat for fish.

Check out some of the 2019 construction highlights on the Valley Line Southeast project, thank you to our great team for making them happen!

November 6, 2019 – This week, overhead wires on the Valley Line LRT alignment will be electrified.  Crews will be carrying out electrification testing to measure electricity distribution and ensure its efficiency along the tracks. It’s important to stay away from all overhead wires.

Coming into contact with overhead wires can cause serious injury and/or death.

FOR YOUR SAFETY:

The overhead wires are live. Do not fly kites, drones, or remote-controlled planes near the wires. 

Stay off the tracks at all times unless your crossing is permitted by construction personnel, flaggers or pedestrian walk signs. 

Do not jaywalk, and obey all traffic laws.

Please share safety guidelines with your friends and family.

TransEd is committed to following all City of Edmonton bylaws and regulations and will obtain an overnight work permit, where necessary. *City of Edmonton Bylaw C14600.

We ask for your understanding and patience as testing progresses. For the most current, up-to-date information in your area, please visit http://transedlrt.ca/advisories/.

SECOND UPDATE Work on Whitemud Drive has been scheduled for a later date. Motorists will have full access to Whitemud Drive this weekend.

FIRST UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be going forward with the placement of the girders this weekend. We will post an update when the closure will take place. Please note that there may still be intermittent lane closures during off-peak hours.

 EDMONTON, AB – April 19, 2018– Starting on or around Friday April 20, 2018, Whitemud Drive will be closed from 170m west of the 66/75 Street overpass to 230m east of the overpass. Traffic will be directed onto Whitemud off-ramps and across the overpass to continue traveling on Whitemud Drive. This closure will only happen during night hours (between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) and will be finished by 6:00 a.m. April 23, 2018.

To accommodate this work, the public will be impacted in the following areas:

  • During night hours only, Whitemud Drive will be closed near 66/75 Street on the weekends.
  • During the day, a portion of the jersey barriers will be replaced with posts to provide access for crews to move girders.

There will be noise associated with the work. TransEd is committed to following all City of Edmonton bylaws and regulations, and has obtained an overnight roadwork permit so that work can take place during nighttime hours in order to minimize major daytime traffic disruptions. (City of Edmonton Bylaw C14600).

Vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic disruptions will vary by location. During this time please watch for, and observe, all traffic detours and direction of construction personnel. We appreciate your patience as we build the Valley Line LRT.

Please refer to the attached map for more details. For more information, visit our website http://transedlrt.ca/advisories or contact us via email at info@transedlrt.ca or by phone 780-224-0964.

EDMONTON, AB – March 15, 2018 – While undertaking foundation construction for the new Tawatinâ Bridge, TransEd crews working on the north side of the North Saskatchewan River have encountered an unforeseen challenge. This has caused construction delays.

In order to construct a pier in the river to support the new bridge, “steel sheet pile cofferdams” are used. Cofferdams work much like a window well in your home: the cofferdam is a temporary enclosure that holds back water, which permits construction work below the river line. This  allows for safe construction of the bridge’s pier and foundation.

TransEd undertook cofferdam construction and encountered an unknown obstacle in the process that prevented completion of the cofferdam. Follow up investigation determined that the obstacle was a large concrete obstruction. Both TransEd and the City’s documents and prior geotechnical investigations did not identify an obstruction in that location.  The obstruction is about nine metres below the surface and its full extent is currently unknown.

Due to both safety and environmental considerations, investigative work continues cautiously to avoid any danger to workers and the river valley. TransEd has brought in several experts to develop a safe technical solution. These experts have worked on and managed cofferdam construction all over the world, in a range of environments including the ocean. They will advise on how to modify the cofferdam to allow for the safe excavation down to the required bridge foundation depth.  

At this time, TransEd can confirm that the opening of a Shared Use Path, as part of the new Tawatinâ Bridge, will be delayed past the original scheduled opening in May 2019.

TransEd and the City are working together to mitigate impacts from this difficulty and are optimistic they will find a solution to meet the safe and timely delivery of the project.

Work in this area continues to advance and TransEd will provide updates as we work to find a resolution to these challenges. Meanwhile, progress across the remainder of the Valley Line LRT Project has continued throughout the winter season and will ramp up further this Spring. 

Later this spring, we will be celebrating the completion of tunnel excavations. Details will follow within the next few weeks.

A series of open houses will be held in communities along the alignment to provide an update on spring construction and answer questions.

 

Date Time Location
March 17 1:00-3:00 p.m. Holyrood Elementary School
March 19 5:00-7:30 p.m. Riverdale Community League
March 20 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Westin Hotel
March 21 5:00-7:30 p.m. Mill Woods Seniors and Multicultural Centre
March 22 5:00-7:30 p.m. King Edward Park Community League
March 28 5:00-7:30 p.m. Cloverdale Community League

EDMONTON, AB – October 18, 2017 – On Friday, October 20, 2017, the traffic lights on Whitemud Drive and 75 Street will not be operational. This is so that TransEd crews can fix the traffic lights at this location for the new Valley Line LRT. Edmonton Police will be on site directing traffic.

This will occur on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Work will take place at the following area:

  • Whitemud Drive and 75 Street

We ask for your understanding and patience as construction progresses. For the most current, up-to-date information in your area, please visit: http://transedlrt.ca/advisories/.

There will be noise associated with the work. TransEd is committed to following all City of Edmonton bylaws and regulations, and has obtained an overnight roadwork permit so that work can take place during nighttime hours in order to minimize major daytime traffic disruptions. *City of Edmonton Bylaw C14600.

EDMONTON, AB – September 1, 2017 – Starting on or around September 5, 2017, TransEd crews will be closing access to McIntyre Road at the intersection on the west side of 75 Street. This work is being done to continue the widening of 75 Street and the reconstruction of the intersection to accommodate the Valley Line LRT. This work will take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

To accommodate this work, the public will be impacted in the following areas:

  • West side of 75 Street at McIntyre Road.

Alternate Routes:

  • To avoid any potential delays, motorists can access the area by using Roper Road to 84 Street or 86 Street.

There may be noise associated with the work. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic disruptions will vary by location. During this time please watch for, and observe, all traffic detours and direction of construction personnel. We appreciate your patience as we build the Valley Line LRT.

For more information, visit our website http://transedlrt.ca/advisories or contact us via email at info@transedlrt.ca or by phone 780-224-0964.

Temporary McIntyre Road Access Closure

 

EDMONTON, AB – July 26, 2017 – Starting on or around July 31, minor lane closures will affect 75 Street traffic between Whitemud Drive and Wagner Road. One lane will be closed in each direction. Please follow all construction and detour signs in the area. Most of this work will happen during night hours to minimize traffic disruptions.

To accommodate this work, the public will be impacted in the following areas:

  • One lane in each direction on 75 Street will be closed from Whitemud Drive to Wagner Road.
  • The designated left turning lanes will be closed, but left turns are still allowed.
  • Night work will be happening in this area to minimize traffic disruptions during peak hours.
  • Please visit https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/general-service-alerts.aspx for all ETS changes and updates.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Alternate Routes:

  • To avoid any potential delays, motorists can use 91 Street, and 50 Street as alternate routes.

There will be noise associated with the work. TransEd is committed to following all City of Edmonton bylaws and regulations, and has obtained an overnight roadwork permit so that work can take place during nighttime hours in order to minimize major daytime traffic disruptions. (City of Edmonton Bylaw C14600).

Vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic disruptions will vary by location. During this time please watch for, and observe, all traffic detours and direction of construction personnel. We appreciate your patience as we build the Valley Line LRT.

Please refer to the attached map for more details. For more information, visit our website http://transedlrt.ca/advisories or contact us via email at info@transedlrt.ca or by phone 780-224-0964.

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EDMONTON, AB – July 25, 2017 – Starting on or around July 31, motorists traveling southbound on 75 Street near Wagner Road will be directed to shift lanes to a newly paved area. Motorists will also be unable to access Davies Road from Wagner Road as it will be closed. This work will be on-going until the end of the 2017 construction season.

To accommodate this work, the public will be impacted in the following areas:

  • Southbound traffic on 75 Street will shift lanes to a new paved area.
  • Motorists will be unable to access Davies Road from Wagner Road.
  • Motorists will be able to access Davies Road via 86 Street.
  • Bus stops in this area will be relocated. Please check takeets.ca, and click on “Detours and Closures” for updates.

Alternate Routes:

  • To avoid any potential delays, motorists can use 99 Street or 50 Street as alternate routes.

There will be noise associated with the work. TransEd is committed to following all City of Edmonton bylaws and regulations, and has the potential to obtain an overnight roadwork permit so that work can take place during nighttime hours in order to minimize major daytime traffic disruptions. *City of Edmonton Bylaw C14600.

Vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic disruptions will vary by location. During this time please watch for, and observe, all traffic detours and direction of construction personnel.

Please refer to the attached maps for more details. For more information, visit our website http://transedlrt.ca or contact us via email at info@transedlrt.ca or by phone 780-224-0964. 

EDMONTON, AB – July 25, 2017 – Starting on or around July 31, motorists traveling in both directions on 75 Street near 51 Avenue will be shifted towards the centre lanes to allow construction along the shoulders. This work will continue until the end of the 2017 construction season.

To accommodate this work, the public will be impacted in the following areas:

  • Traffic traveling in both directions along 75 Street will be shifted to the centre lanes.
  • Bus stops in this area may be relocated. Please check takeets.ca, and click on “Detours and Closures” for updates.

Alternate Routes:

  • To avoid any potential delays, motorists can use 99 Street or 50 Street as alternate routes.

There will be noise associated with the work. TransEd is committed to following all City of Edmonton bylaws and regulations, and has the potential to obtain an overnight roadwork permit so that work can take place during nighttime hours in order to minimize major daytime traffic disruptions. *City of Edmonton Bylaw C14600.

Vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic disruptions will vary by location. During this time please watch for, and observe, all traffic detours and direction of construction personnel.

Please refer to the attached map for more details. For more information, visit our website http://transedlrt.ca or contact us via email at info@transedlrt.ca or by phone 780-224-0964.

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