July 2, 2014 1:20 pm
Updated: July 14, 2014 5:32 pm

Walterdale Hill Road re-opens one month ahead of schedule


Watch above: Some commuters going to work are about to get some relief from the gridlock, but those trying to leave west of downtown are now taking a hit. Laurel Gregory explains.

EDMONTON – Good news for commuters: Walterdale Hill Road is set to re-open on Thursday afternoon, which should make life a little easier for those travelling to the downtown core.

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Originally, the road wasn’t supposed to open until August 4. The city credits cooperative weather, diligent work crews and effective project management for the work being completed one month ahead of schedule. The road should be open by 3 p.m.

The Walterdale Hill Road closed in early May for realignment as part of the construction of the new Walterdale Bridge, which is set to be completed by late 2015.

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It’s estimated about 18,000 people take the route daily.

You can see the new traffic layout of the area below:

Access to the Kinsmen Sports Centre and John Walter Museum has permanently changed to match up with the new alignment. The new access will be from the intersection where Queen Elizabeth Park Road now meets Walterdale Hill. There will be signs directing traffic to stay left to turn.

Pedestrian access across Walterdale Hill has also changed, with a temporary signalized crossing where Queen Elizabeth Park Road meets Walterdale Hill.

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