65 Avenue

Walk through the interactive website to see how the 65 Avenue and QEII Interchange project is going to change the city.

The QEII and 65th Avenue Interchange project is a joint effort between the City of Leduc, Alberta Transportation, and the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority. It will support tremendous growth and development in the City of Leduc, Edmonton Metro Region, as well as provincially and nationally. 

Construction is expected to take approximately 2-3 years, open in 2025. The work is anticipated to include some temporary closures of the existing flyover, but all efforts will be made to mitigate traffic impacts to the QEII.  

The project is estimated to cost $112 million and is being funded through a cost-shared agreement between the Government of Alberta ($96.4 million) and City of Leduc ($15.7 million).

This critical infrastructure will support safety and ease of movement of people and goods. It will stimulate Alberta’s continued economic development through investment growth, job creation, and diversification. It will foster increased trade and improve transportation logistics in support of access to and from the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and investment on airport lands and throughout the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.  


Construction updates

Detours and closures

Nov. 4, 2023: The southbound 50 Street off-ramp and northbound on-ramp are anticipated to reopen and remain open for the winter. 

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On/off-ramp realignment: permanent closure and decommissioning of the on/off-ramp west of Leduc Towne Square. New off-ramp to open tentatively Nov. 17, 2023.

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Fall 2023: New traffic changes will be in place once construction is completed in the intersection of 65 Ave and 64 Ave. 

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Date Status
Nov. 16, 2023 64 Ave. off-ramp opening delayed to tomorrow. Signals and utility road at Sparrow to open early next week.
Nov. 8, 2023 The 64 Ave. off-ramp (by Safeway) will tentatively open on Nov. 15 and crews will be finalizing signal installation and timings along 65 Ave. before tidying the area for the winter. 
Nov. 2, 2023  The southbound 50 Street off-ramp and northbound on-ramp are anticipated to reopen Nov. 4. The 64 Avenue off-ramp behind Safeway is tentatively scheduled to open to traffic on Nov. 11.
Oct. 6, 2023 Noise wall - Pile installation is complete, and panelts are 30 % complete. We anticipate this will continue at 20 % per week moving forward.
Bridge - Existing bridge closure will be extended to October 27, 2023.
50 St./65 Ave. - Gravel replacement has begun, curbing installation is ongoing, paving of WB 65 Ave. land widening over the weekend. 50 St. on-ramp is scheudled to be paved next week (Oct. 13).
Off ramp behind Safeway - Gravel placement is scheduled for next week (Oct. 13), pavement by end of October (Weather permitting).
Sept. 14, 2023 Noise Wall - Pile installation anticipated to be complete by end of next week. Panel installation to follow.
50 St./65 Ave. - Gravel placement has begun, curbing installation anticipated to start next week. Tentatively paving in early October
Sept. 1, 2023 Noise wall: Half of the posts for the noise wall have been installed. Panels installation will start in the coming weeks.
50 St./65 Ave. and Ramps: Earthworks ongoing, undergrounds are being installed, gravel placement to begin next week.
Bridge - Pier 2 pile cap poured, pier 1 piles are installed, abutment 1 piles have begun. Pier 1 pile cap to be poured next week.
Aug. 16, 2023 50 Street off-ramp from the QEII highway will temporarily close on the evening of Aug. 21 for approximately two months. Motorists will be able to enter the City of Leduc by the Airport Road off-ramp before the closed exit or after via the 50 Avenue off-ramp.   
Aug. 9, 2023 50 Street widening ongoing. First of two bridge pier piling is complete, excavation has started to complete second pier piling. Airside was move to new limits for Airport Perimeter Road and fence.
July 28, 2023 50 Street widening ongoing, culvert installed across 65 Avenue. Asphalt removal on the 64 Avenue ramp behind safeway is ongoing. Installation of the noise wall posts have started at the south end of the project. One of two bridge pier piling is ongoing and scheduled to be complete by next week before working on the next pier piling. Airport Perimeter Road and fence scheduled for completion next week.
July 7, 2023 65 Avenue westbound and eastbound lanes will be temporarily closed for underground work from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on July 10 and 11. Traffic will be detoured through the service road at the intersection of 50 street and 64 Avenue running through to Sparrow Drive and 65 Avenue. 
June 15, 2023 On June 19, the existing off-ramp from the QEII to access 64 Ave and Leduc Towne Square will be decommissioned to make way for a new and safer off-ramp. The new off-ramp will be open in fall this year. 
From June 19 to 22, the 50 Avenue on-ramp to the QEII northbound will undergo nighttime closures (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.) Please plan for alternate routes. 
May 29, 2023 50 St. & 65 Ave roadwork continues with asphalt removals complete on the on ramp. Stripping for new ramp alignment and signals to be removed at the intersection starting this week. 
Airport fencing and gravel for the security road will be starting this week. Stripping of the perimeter road has started.
May 23, 2023 Wall construction has been delayed due to a delay in receiving materials. Completion of the wall is still anticipated to be completed by the end of the year. Noise barrier wall traffic accomodation setup, access construction/continue removal of existing chain link fence, and installion of a temporary security fence will continue in June.
May 12, 2023

To help alleviate congestion by the 50 Street and 65 Avenue area due to the on-ramp closure, we are changing Sparrow Drive to local traffic only and asking motorists to detour from 65 Avenue onto 45 Street to Airport Road onto the QEII. Alternatively, to bypass the highway and get into Edmonton, take Range Road 250 (Nisku Spine Road). 

May 11, 2023 50 Street roadwork continues with Fortis relocating power lines followed by hydrovacing.

Noise barrier wall work continues with the its removal.
May 4, 2023 50 Street roadwork continues with on-ramp onto QEII remaining closed and Fortis is relocating power lines.
Noise barrier wall work has started with the removal of the guardrail. Hydrovacing of utilities and removals of existing fence will start next week.
May 1, 2023  Fortis will begin relocating power lines the first week of May and concrete removals continue.
April 25, 2023 On April 28, the on-ramp to the QEII from 50 Street (northbound) will be closed till late summer. Motorists will need to detour onto Sparrow Drive to take the next on-ramp off Airport Road to the highway. The outer right lane on 65 Ave between Sparrow Drive and 50 Street will also be closed. The outside lane on 50 Street southbound from the off-ramp to South Highway Avenue will be closed for widening work. 
April 20, 2023 Median and curb removal continues on 50 Street. On ramp west of Leduc Town Square closed and electrical relocates start next week.
April 14, 2023 One lane in both directions along 50 Street between 64 Avenue and 65 Avenue will be closed to start median and curb removal. Realignment of the on/off ramp west of Leduc Towne Square will begin with the closure of the on-ramp to the QEII. 

In 2023, 65 Avenue and QEII Interchange construction will include:

  • Reconstruction of 50 Street and 65 Avenue on the east side of the QEII
  • The build and re-alignment of the fencing along the Airport Perimeter Road
  • An extended road along Airport Perimeter road to connect with 65 Ave on the westside of the QEII
  • Prepare the ground for the build of foundational piles for the overpass bridge
  • Construction of a noise barrier wall along the Willow Park neighbourhood
  • General ground work preparation for the two roundabouts, the overpass, and detour roads along the QEII highway
  • Realignment and closure of the on/off ramp road along Leduc Towne Square
    • On-ramp will be closed permanently.
    • Off-ramp will be re-aligned and remove access from 60th Avenue utility road.

We ask motorist to abide by the posted signage in the construction zones that reflect the traffic pattern changes. We appreciate your cooperation and patience. 


What will be built

  • A new overpass over the QEII
  • New on-off ramps from the QEII
  • Improvements to some existing ramps
  • Intersection improvements at 65 Avenue and 50 Street in Leduc
  • Completion of Perimeter Road and 65 Avenue, west of the QEII
  • Improvements to Grant MacEwan Boulevard
  • A pedestrian crossing over the QEII via a multi-use trail
  • sound barrier wall south of 65 Avenue on the east side of QEII (impacted residents will be contacted directly; more details to come)
  • Learn more about the project planning and design and view an overview map of the project


Project milestones


Questions

Contact us at 780-980-7107 or engineering@leduc.ca