Sections of the ring road were built in the 1970s and the 1990s and the current Anthony Henday Drive project began in 2000 with the construction of the southwest section.
The Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project will include 18 km of reconstructed six- and eight-lane divided freeway, nine km of new six- and eight-lane divided freeway, nine service interchanges, seven grade separations and twin river bridge structures. The 27 km northeast leg of the ring road will be free-flow (there will be no traffic lights on the freeway).
Using the P3 process, the road will be finished three years earlier than through conventional delivery.
- 189 lane kilometers of new roadway
- Approximately 9 km of a new six-lane and eight-lane divided freeway between Manning Drive (Highway 15) and Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail).
- Approximately 9 km of reconstructed six-lane and eight-lane divided freeway between Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail) and Whitemud Drive (east).
- Approximately 6 km of reconstructed six-lane and eight-lane divided freeway on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail) from east of the North Saskatchewan River to east of Sherwood Drive.
- Approximately 3 km of reconstructed six-lane divided freeway on Sherwood Park Freeway between east of Anthony Henday Drive and west of 17 Street NW.
- Approximately 523 utilities.
- Anticipating 292 relocations and protections of the utilities.
- Will be a significant challenge, requiring detailed stormwater modeling, construction of 24 stormwater ponds with inlet ditching, outfalls and related piping
- Total of 47 bridge structures, comprised of 37 highway bridges, 8 rail bridges and 2 river bridges.
- The current plan has 15 bridges with steel girders, 23 bridges with NU girders and 8 bridges using concrete boxes.
- Interchanges located at Manning Drive (Highway 15); 153 Avenue; 130 Avenue; Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail) (systems interchange); Sherwood Park Freeway/Wye Road; Baseline Road; 17 Street NW at Sherwood Park Freeway; Broadmoor Boulevard/17 Street NE at Highway 16; and, Sherwood Drive at Highway 16.
- Grade separations located at Canadian National Railway Company (“CNR”) Coronado; Victoria Trail; CNR Vegreville; CNR/CPR north of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail); Canadian Pacific Railway Company (“CPR”) south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail); CPR east of Anthony Henday Drive on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail); and, Petroleum Way.
- There will be twin river bridge structures over the North Saskatchewan River.
- The project requires 58 overhead sign bridges and 45 cantilever signs.