North St. Albert Trail Corridor

Please Note: Major construction is scheduled on Villeneuve Road where a road closure will be established (approximately 200 metres west of St. Albert Trail) beginning early May. This road closure will be maintained for the duration of roundabout construction, with an estimated completion in mid-August 2022. Please use alternative routes. Access to the commercial business area to the north west of the St Albert Trail at Villeneuve Road intersection will be maintained through the east site access on Villeneuve Road and will allow for movement into and out of the area, with connectivity to St Albert Trail.   

View the Villeneuve Road Detour Map

Work will also be occurring on the St. Albert Trail corridor between Boudreau Road to the north of Everitt Drive North. The work will involve further roadway widening with new north and southbound travel lanes, intersection improvements, trail/sidewalk construction and incidental utility, street lighting and landscaping as per the phasing requirements shared below.  

Please use alternative routes if possible or drive carefully through the work zone and obey all construction signage. We thank all motorists for their patience.

Construction Updates

April 2022

Construction to complete the remaining scope within Phase 1 of construction (from Boudreau Road to north of Coal Mine Road) will commence once seasonal conditions allow, anticipated early May.

First actions will target the completion of a roundabout on Villeneuve Road, approximately 200 metres west of St. Albert Trail, at the access to the commercial site. To complete the roundabout safely and efficiently, a road closure will be established on Villeneuve Road. The closure will result in no direct east-west through movements from St Albert Trail to west of the commercial site; detours are shared below and access to the commercial sites will be through the existing east access off of Villeneuve. Please use alternative routes, when possible. 

View the Villeneuve Road Detour Map

The roundabout is estimated to be complete by the middle of August 2022, pending weather conditions. Other work planned to conclude by the end of  2022  includes: 

  • St. Albert Trail and Erin Ridge Road intersection improvements include removal of old/existing southbound lanes, multi-use trail construction and final landscaping from north of Boudreau Road to the north of Coal Mine Road. 

Phase 2 of the North St. Albert Trail Corridor Implementation Project (from north of Coal Mine Road to north of Everitt Drive North) has been designed and the City has released a public opportunity for contractors to bid on. This phase of work has been planned to begin concurrently with Phase 1 in 2022 and may require further 2023 construction time. Details of the construction schedule will be finalized once a successful contractor is acquired. 

2022 Work Scope

  • Remaining construction for 2022 will include: Phase 1: From north of Boudreau Road to north of Coal Mine Road
    • Villeneuve Road commercial access redesigns: the access nearest St Albert Trail (adjacent to the McDonalds site) will be converted to a right in/ right out by way of constructing a center median on Villeneuve Road from the St Albert Trail intersection. A roundabout at the further west access (adjacent to the Walmart site) will occur prior, to allow for efficient traffic movement in the area. Further work on Villeneuve Road will include sidewalk and landscaping completion.
    • Erin Ridge Road: completion of additional lane.
    • St Albert Trail: Removal of old/existing southbound lanes, multi-use trail construction and final landscaping on St Albert Trail will also be completed to finalize the Phase 1 work.
  • Phase 2 and 3 Design (from north of Everitt Drive North to north of Neil Ross Road – inclusive of the Fowler Way tie-in) is in process and is currently approaching the 60% design stage.
  • Phase 2 (from north of Coal Mine Road to north of Everitt Drive North) is anticipated to begin construction in 2022.

Beyond 2022

  • Phase 3 (from north of Everitt Drive North to north of Neil Ross Road) is anticipated for construction in 2023 / 2024 – subject to completion of Phase 2).

August 2021 – Construction Flyover

North St. Albert Trail Corridor, Phase 1

The project’s third drone flight captures construction progress in August 2021. Many of the improvements are found underground (storm line installation), and progress can be seen along the length of the project site with a compacted clay subgrade and gravel base. Concrete curb work will define the new St. Albert Trail southbound travel lanes. Coal Mine Road is complete and open to traffic. An additional flyover of the intersection at Everitt Dr. and Ebony Way is shared at the end of the video.


September 2020 – Construction Flyover
North St. Albert Trail Corridor, Phase 1

This second video update was taken on September 4, 2020, and showcases the completed intersection work at Boudreau Road and Giroux Road. Excavation work continues to remove unsuitable materials underneath the proposed roadway headed northbound. The large digital display sign that was previously located in the median south of Villeneuve Road will be placed in a new location on the west side of St. Albert Trail – south of Neil Ross Road. Upcoming construction will include the installation of underground utility services and continued work on the new road structure with granular materials. Please check back regularly for more videos.


July 2020 – Construction Flyover
North St. Albert Trail Corridor, Phase 1

This video shows construction progress for the North St. Albert Trail Corridor taken on July 25, 2020 using aerial flight (drone) technology.

On this date, the existing landscaped medians, comprised of mostly unsuitable road construction materials, are being removed from under the new road alignment along St. Albert Trail and Coal Mine Road. A full closure of Coal Mine Road, from St. Albert Trail to Ebony Way, to accommodate heavy construction will last approximately until the end of October 2020.  Please check back regularly for additional videos on this priority improvement project.


About this Project

A primary north-to-south travel route, St. Albert Trail is a commercial corridor within the City of St. Albert that supports regional connectivity from north of St. Albert to the City of Edmonton.

Historically, St. Albert Trail was developed as a highway with a rural four-lane cross-section. It has since experienced substantial improvements and urbanization which better accommodates urban transportation needs, including transit,  sidewalks/trails and storm water management. St. Albert Trail has experienced development which requires connectivity and accommodation for all road users, as well as consideration of mitigation measures towards congestion for both current and future demands. 

A Transportation Network Improvement Study was completed in 2018 and identified the northern section of St Albert Trail, from Boudreau Road to Everitt Drive North, as a priority for needed improvements.

Work is planned to be completed in three scheduled phases:

  • Phase 1: North of Boudreau Road to North of Coal Mine Road (in process and planned for completion in 2022)
    • Engineering and Design – Completed in 2020
    • Construction - 2020 to 2022
      • Scope of work involves widening northbound and southbound directions to a six-lane cross-section, intersection widening at Villeneuve Road and Coal Mine Road, installation of sidewalk and trail, as well as incidental utility and landscape work.
      • Work also includes improvements on Villeneuve Road (from the commercial access to St. Albert Trail) and Coal Mine Road (from Ebony Way to St. Albert Trail).
      • 2020 construction; although impacted by COVID-19, work began mid-June and targeted the construction of new southbound travel lanes and improvements to Coal Mine Road.
      • 2021 construction is planned to start in late-May with all aspects of St. Albert Trail and Coal Mine Road be complete between the Phase 1 limits by the end of the 2021 construction season.
      • 2022 construction is scheduled for the improvements along Villeneuve Road between the commercial access to St. Albert Trail.

Phase 1 Conceptual Video

This video is intended to provide a visual conceptualization of the first phase of the North St. Albert Trail Corridor improvements.


 

  • Phase 2: North of Coal Mine Road to North of Everitt Drive North/Jensen Lakes Boulevard (planned for construction 2022/2023)
    • Engineering and Design - 2021
    • Construction - 2022/2023
    • Scope of work involves widening northbound and southbound directions to a six-lane cross-section, intersection widening and lane improvements at Everitt Drive North, installation of sidewalk and trail, as well as incidental utility and landscape work. 
  • Phase 3: North of Everitt Drive North to North of Neil Ross Road/Future Fowler Way
    • Engineering and Design - 2021 (with Phase 2 design work)
    • Construction - 2023 (subject to budget approval)
  • Further phasing north of the Neil Ross Road intersection will be planned, scheduled and delivered with anticipated expansion of the additional travel lanes and extension of the improved St Albert cross section, subject to development and growth and budget approvals.

Improvement Objectives

  • Increase roadway capacity for vehicles by adding a northbound and southbound travel lane
  • Accommodate pedestrians and cyclists by adding a sidewalk and trail
  • Improve intersection operations by reducing the median width and adding lane designations for travel through the intersection 
  • Consideration of future infrastructure improvements along the road right-of-way

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Last edited: July 28, 2022