Ray Gibbon Drive Phase 2
About this Project
Phase 2 of the Ray Gibbon Drive Twinning project will deliver improvements to the corridor from north of LeClair Way to north of McKenney Avenue. This will include widening the roadway to a four-lane divided arterial – with a trail on the east and west sides of the roadway south of the bridge, and a trail on the east side of the roadway north of the bridge. Work will also include intersection improvements to the McKenney Avenue intersection. During this phase of work, McKenney Avenue will be widened to a four-lane arterial to complete the remaining segment that is currently a two-lane undivided roadway. Trial connections will also be completed on McKenney Avenue to link to the Ray Gibbon trail.
This work is scheduled to take place over a two-year period (2021 and 2022 inclusive), with the following general timelines and results:
- Stage 1 (2021) construction includes:
- Underground utility and twinning southbound lanes of Ray Gibbon Drive from the Phase 1 (south tie-in) limits to the south leg of the McKenney Avenue intersection
- Underground utility, signal improvements and widening of the south quadrants of Ray Gibbon Drive/McKenney Avenue intersection (to ensure an easy switchover of traffic in the spring of 2022)
- Underground utility and twinning eastbound lanes of McKenney Avenue from Ray Gibbon Drive to Hogan Road
- Asphalt trail connections south of the Sturgeon River Bridge
- Winter 2021/2022:
Construction of the southbound bridge abutments and deck.
- Stage 2 (2022) construction includes:
- Completion of the underground utility, signal improvements and widening of the north quadrants of McKenney Avenue intersection
- Underground utility and twinning southbound lanes of Ray Gibbon Drive north of the McKenney Avenue intersection to the north (Phase 3 tie-in) limits
- Sidewalk installation on the south side of McKenney Avenue from Ray Gibbon Drive to Hogan Road
- Asphalt trail installation along the east side of Ray Gibbon Drive from the Sturgeon River bridge to McKenney Avenue, as well as along the north side of McKenney Avenue east to Hogan Road
- Asphalt milling and resurfacing of the northbound lanes of Ray Gibbon Drive from the Phase 1 (south tie-in) limits to the north (Phase 3 tie-in) limits.
- Road Closure Notice: Meadowview Drive between Ray Gibbon Drive and Range Road 260 will be closed starting May 2. Work on this segment of road is planned for completion in fall 2022. View the Road Closure Detour Map
- Trail Closure Notice: There is trail closure under the Ray Gibbon Drive bridge to ensure pedestrian safety. Trail users are asked to follow all detour signage onsite during this time. LeClair Way is available to access Rotary Park/Red Willow Trail and Lois Hole Provincial Park. View the Temporary Closure Detour Map
As part of Phase 2, a review is being undertaken for possible redesign options of the existing southside trail under the Ray Gibbon Drive bridge, with the objective to mitigate disruption of the trail use during high water periods. Adjustments to the trail are constrained by environmental conditions as well as necessary clearances under the bridge, but the review will identify feasible and potential cost-effective options that may be available and successful to reduce seasonal trail closures.
The north side of the river under the bridge is being protected and maintained as a wildlife crossing area. Design work has considered options that will encourage and support wildlife usage of this area as a link and safe crossing option from Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park to Grey Nuns White Spruce Park areas.
A visual rendering of the conceptual improvements that will be completed with the Phase 2 project.
Work planned for Phase 2 construction in 2021 & 2022.
Video Updates - Phase 2
As was completed with Phase 1, overhead videos will be taken during various stages of construction.
Flyover Video - ROAD Construction Progess - May 2022
This video captures the project work completed since the commencement of the 2022 construction season. Work is primarily focused on the areas north of the river with continued base grading, topsoil placement and trail construction. Closure and reconstruction of Meadowview drive intersection is also well underway.
Flyover Video - Bridge Construction Progess - May 2022
This video captures the project work completed on the bridge at the end of May 2022. Work between March and May has focused on concrete abutments, grade beams and pile caps. Formwork for the future concrete wing walls has also been constructed.
Flyover Video - Construction Progess - March 2022
This video capture the project work completed on the bridge at the end of March 2022. Work thus far has been focused on the bridge substructure.
Flyover Video - Construction Progess - October 2021
This video captures the project work completed by the end of the 2021 construction season.
Flyover Video - Construction Progess - September 2021
The new southbound lanes of Ray Gibbon Drive south of the Sturgeon Bridge are paved. On the west side of the new lanes, locations for the new asphalt trail connections are being finalized. The area at the north end of the paved road and just south of the bridge (what appears to be a gravel turnaround) has been intentionally left in that condition in preparation for the contractor installing the bridge (set to begin in early 2022). On the north side of the bridge, cement stabilization of the clay road base material is ongoing, as are remaining components of the storm water drainage network. Installation of the underground infrastructure will shortly be commencing at the southwest quadrant of Meadowview and Ray Gibbon Drive.
Flyover Video - Construction Progess - August 2021
The section of Ray Gibbon Drive south of the Sturgeon Bridge now has storm water catch basins and manholes installed and concrete curb and gutter installed on both sides of the new southbound lanes. Cement stabilization of the clay road base material is complete, as is the preparation of the gravel base on which new asphalt road will be laid. On the west side of the new lanes, areas have been stripped in preparation for new asphalt trail connections. On the north side of the Sturgeon River, the installation of the underground storm water infrastructure is complete. The northwest quadrant of Meadowview and Ray Gibbon Drive has been stripped and the area is being filled with clay material to bring the new west-side of the intersection up to optimal grade.
Flyover Video - Construction Progess - July 2021
The west side of Ray Gibbon Drive has been stripped of topsoil on both sides of the Sturgeon River. West-side curb has been prepped for replacement during the landscaping work. Both sides of Sturgeon River have been graded in preparation for the installation of the underground storm water infrastructure. Underground work is nearing completion on the south side of the river and equipment and concrete manhole barrels are being stockpiled on the north side to prepare for install. The southwest quadrant of Meadowview and Ray Gibbon Drive has been stripped and the area around it is being used for “farming”, a phrase used in roadbuilding to describe spreading soils and allowing the sun and wind to dry them to optimal moisture content.
Flyover Video - South of Bridge - Sept 2020
The first video, taken in September of 2020, shows the work areas for Phase 2 of the Ray Gibbon Drive Twinning project from the south tie-in limits at the north end of the Phase 1 work completed in 2020. The flight proceeds in a north direction until the Sturgeon River bridge and provides a view of the existing bridge piers that will be used to support the new section of bridge span for southbound traffic. The bridge work will take place in winter of 2021/2022.
Flyover Video - North of Bridge - Sept 2020
The second video, also taken in September of 2020, shows the work areas for Phase 2 of the Ray Gibbon Drive twinning from the north side of the Sturgeon River bridge to the McKenney Avenue intersection. The intersection is included in the scope of work and will be widened to improve traffic volumes and safety. McKenney Avenue will also be twinned with construction of eastbound lanes from Ray Gibbon Drive to Hogan Road.
Ray Gibbon Drive Functional Planning Study (2009)
Last edited: June 2, 2022