Published on October 27, 2020

Milestone for Twinning Ray Gibbon Drive

Construction is nearly complete for the first phase of the Ray Gibbon Twinning Project; from the south St. Albert limit to north of LeClair Way – with additional improvements completed on LeClair Way from Ray Gibbon Drive to Riel Drive.

More than 20,000 vehicles a day travel Ray Gibbon Drive and with its proximity to Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park, the area is a destination for pedestrians and cyclists. Adding vehicle lanes and accommodating active modes of transportation on Ray Gibbon Drive between Anthony Henday Drive and Villeneuve Road will enhance safety, improve commute times, connect trails and reduce traffic congestion.

Construction has been planned to take place in four phases over a 10-year period, starting at the south end of the city in 2020.

A cost-sharing agreement between the provincial government and the City of St. Albert was finalized in 2019 to fund the full scope of work to complete the improvements along the corridor. When complete, Ray Gibbon Drive will be a four-lane arterial road built to a municipal standard, with multi-use trails, curbs, streetlights and intersections that supports both the City’s, and regional transportation network.

Ray Gibbon Drive intersection before construction

Ray Gibbon Drive intersection after construction

Project Update October 21, 2020 – Phase 1

Most of the construction work has been completed for 2020. Remaining items include:

  • Complete road markings and signage installs.
  • Open all lanes and turn-bays to full capacity.
  • Continue with landscaping and hydroseed application to all landscaped areas.
  • Install plantings at seating nodes.
  • Overall site cleanup.

Take a Closer Look

View this video from October 7, 2020 for a birds-eye view of the project. This is the sixth video update and shows continued, and almost completed, progress on the Ray Gibbon Drive Twinning Project.

Quick Facts

  • Twinning Ray Gibbon Drive is one of the top five priorities of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board.
  • The $54.2-million project will be cost-shared 50-50 between the Government of Alberta and the City of St. Albert ($27.1 million each).
  • The project will support 152 direct jobs.

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Last edited: October 28, 2020