Scona Road/99 Street Rehabilitation begins Spring 2011
March 01, 2011
The City of Edmonton is poised to begin a much-needed rehabilitation of Scona Road and 99 Street in April 2011 to extend the life of this busy corridor and ensure continued traffic safety.
From April 3 to April 30, 2011, Scona Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction to relocate utilities and start construction of one of the retaining walls at the south end of Scona Road. From May 2 until November 2011, Scona Road will be entirely closed, and 99 Street (from 81 Avenue to Saskatchewan Drive) will be subject to periodic lane reductions.
“The roadways, sidewalks and gutters on both Scona Road and 99 Street are worn out to the point where replacement is now imperative,” says Paul Szczepanski, Director of Arterial Roadways, Roads Design and Construction, Capital Construction Department. “Both are critical corridors within Edmonton’s transportation infrastructure, and the work must be done in order to ensure continued safe and efficient operation.”
Access will be maintained to the local residents in the surrounding communities, the Old Timer’s Cabin and businesses in the vicinity of 99 Street.
Work to be undertaken includes:
- Reducing the sharpness of the curve of Scona Road, immediately south of the Low Level Bridge
- Construction of an additional southbound lane from the James McDonald Bridge off-ramp to Saskatchewan Drive
- Reconstruction and rehabilitation of pavement and curb/gutter on Scona Road and 99 Street from the Low Level Bridge to 81 Avenue
- Two new retaining walls
- Road alignment improvements along Scona Road
- Construction of a noise wall on the east side of Scona Road between 94 Avenue to approximately halfway towards 93 Avenue
- Construction of new sidewalks, curbs/gutters and shared use paths
The closure of Scona Road will require Edmonton Transit to use alternate routes to and from downtown. Bus stops along Scona Road between Saskatchewan Drive and the Low Level Bridge will not be in use once Scona Road is closed.
Bus service on 99 Street between Saskatchewan Drive and Whyte Avenue will be replaced by Route 390 for the duration of the project. Route 390 will operate one-way southbound in all time periods at 20 minute frequency through most of the day and will provide a link to the various routes available on Whyte Avenue and to the University LRT Station. Bus stops along that street may be moved or temporarily closed as construction progresses.
Updated route maps and schedules will be made available in mid-April on the Edmonton Transit website.
“We understand that the closure of Scona Road and the lane reductions on 99 Street will present an inconvenience for commuters and the community for several months,” says Szczepanski. “But it’s because both Scona Road and 99 Street are such essential routes to and from downtown that we have to address the issues now so we can maintain important transportation infrastructure well into the future.”
Detailed drawings and background documents on the project, including transit, traffic, construction staging and pedestrian routes are available by visiting the project website.
For more information:
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311