City of Edmonton projects & public engagement - November 2014 update


Groat Road shared-use path closure

Groat Road shared-use path from 107 Avenue to Victoria Park Road has been closed until approximately mid-January 2015 for bridge girder work. More information about the closure and detours related to the 102 Ave Bridge replacement can be found on the City's website.

River Valley Road/Groat Road Interchange


UPDATE: You can now view November 19 meeting materials (presentation, display boards and fact sheet) as well as complete an online survey until December 3 about the proposed changes to the River Valley Road/Groat Road interchange. One option closes several roads, and the other adds roundabouts. View the display boards and complete the survey regarding your preferred design options.

The City of Edmonton invites the public to view and provide feedback on concept plan options for the River Valley Road/Groat Road Interchange. Some of the proposed changes could affect traffic operations in the area.

Date Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Location Oliver School
Address 10227 – 118 Street
Time 4:30-8pm
Presentations at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.

The City of Edmonton is developing a long-range concept plan for the River Valley Road / Groat Road interchange. The area serves as a commuter and recreational route for all forms of traffic, including cyclists and pedestrian, with access to the downtown area, the University of Alberta and the River Valley park system.

EBC has identified a number of potential improvements and issues, including:

  • Avoid increasing traffic speeds/volumes
  • Improve intersection turning angles to increase pedestrian/cyclist visibility
  • Avoid high-speed exit lanes
  • Reduce hill grade, especially for winter access
  • Set sidewalks back from roadway
  • Widen shared-use pathways to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists better
  • Maintain park and event access for drivers (Government House Park/Victoria Park lack transit access)

You can add your feedback at the open house on November 19, as well as by completing the online survey (to be released after November 19).

104 Avenue Corridor Plan


The City of Edmonton is preparing a Corridor Plan for 104 Avenue between 111 Street and 123 Street, along the future alignment of the west leg of the Valley LRT line.

The 104 Avenue Corridor Plan process will examine city policy, land use, built form, community facilities, transportation, heritage and urban design in order to develop a vision for the evolution of the corridor in the framework of transit oriented development (TOD).

Guiding principles have been developed, and several conceptual scenarios were presented to the public for feedback. Each design scenario offered different advantages and disadvantages for the community, including walkability and cycling access. A summary of the feedback received at the workshop and through the online survey is now available on the project website.

Westmount Neighbourhood Renewal Complete Streets Pilot

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, City representatives gave detailed information regarding the design, construction, and local improvement process for the Westmount neighbourhood renewal project.

The Westmount neighbourhood has been chosen for reconstruction in spring 2015. Westmount has also been chosen as a Complete Streets Pilot Project. Complete Streets represents a change in roadway design philosophy. Streets will be designed to reflect the surrounding area's characteristics and the needs of all the users in the community, including bike routes along 127 St, 109A Ave, and several other streets.

127 Street Reconstruction

In October, the City of Edmonton invited the public to view and provide feedback on two concept plans for improvements to 127 Street between 118 Avenue and Yellowhead Trail. The information gathered during the concept planning process will be carried forward to future stages of road design and engineering where final decisions will be made prior to road reconstruction in 2016.

127 St connects to the bike route through Westmount, and is an important crossing of the Yellowhead Trail for all users, including cyclists.

Council Initiative on Public Engagement

Edmonton City Council has launched a special initiative to review and improve public engagement in Edmonton. Housed under the Open City Initiative, the Council Initiative on Public Engagement aims to help improve the City’s transparency, openness, and accountability, while fostering greater collaboration in community and citizen participation in local government.

The three-year initiative (2014-17) will involve reviewing best practices from around the world, consulting with Edmontonians and stakeholders about the opportunities for improving engagement processes, and building capacity in the community to bring about changes for an even better Edmonton.

The first part (Phase 1) invites a cross section of Edmontonians to start the conversation on public engagement through workshops, meetings, surveys and a Discussion Guide.

Edmonton Insight Community

The Insight Community is a growing group of diverse Edmontonians who provide feedback on City policies, initiatives and community issues. Community members are invited to complete surveys on a wide range of topics at least once a month. Some surveys have questions on one project, while other surveys have questions on multiple topics. Members of the community complete surveys at their convenience and on the topics they care about.

The Insight Community is different from stand-alone surveys. It allows for ongoing communication between yourself and the City, including allowing you to provide more in-depth, engaged feedback as well as to receive information about areas that you've expressed interest in.

Join today to help the City better understand the desires of its citizens.