Whitemud Drive

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Whitemud Drive
Whitemud Drive is located in Edmonton
Whitemud Drive
Whitemud Drive
Whitemud Drive (Edmonton)
Maintained by City of Edmonton & Alberta Transportation
Length 28.0 km (17.4 mi)
Location Edmonton
West end City limits (231 Street)
Major
junctions
Anthony Henday Drive, 170 Street, Fox Drive, Terwillegar Drive, Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard, 75 Street, 50 Street
East end City limits (Anthony Henday Drive)

Whitemud Drive is the main east-west freeway in southern Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is one of few roads in Edmonton that has controlled access and limited at-grade intersections with traffic signals. It currently functions as a freeway between Anthony Henday Drive in the west and Anthony Henday Drive in the east. Its portion from 170 Street and 75 Street forms part of Edmonton's inner ring road.

Route description

Whitemud Drive begins in the west at an unsignalized intersection with 231 Street at Edmonton's boundary with Parkland County, and ends in the east at an interchange with the eastern leg of Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) at Edmonton's boundary with Strathcona County. The road is preceded by the western segment of Highway 628 from Stony Plain, and succeeded by an eastern segment of Highway 628 to Highway 21. It is signed as Highway 2 between the west leg of Anthony Henday Drive and Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard, and Highway 14 between Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard and the east leg of Anthony Henday Drive.

Over its course, Whitemud Drive passes at-grade signalized intersections at Winterburn Road (215 Street) and Lewis Estates Boulevard/Guardian Road in the west before passing under the western leg of Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216), which is accessed through a partially signalized interchange.

Continuing eastward, access is provided through interchanges at 178 Street, 170 Street, 159 Street, 149 Street (limited access), Fox Drive, 53 Avenue, Terwillegar Drive, 119/122 Street, 111 Street, Calgary Trail/Gateway Boulevard (Highway 2), 99 Street, 91 Street, 66/75 Street, 50 Street, 34 Street, 17 Street and the eastern leg of Anthony Henday Drive. Along this portion, Whitemud Drive crosses the North Saskatchewan River on the Quesnell Bridge before Fox Drive, Whitemud Creek (its namesake) before 119/121 Street, Mill Creek before 50 Street, and Fulton Creek after 17 Street. It also passes under a Canadian Pacific rail line before 99 Street and over a Canadian National rail line after 17 Street.

The most recent at-grade intersection to be upgraded to an interchange is 17 Street. The overpass has two lanes open in each direction. Construction is ongoing, with upgrades to 17 Street under the overpass being scheduled for completion in 2012, as well as a third lane for both directions of Whitemud Drive.[1] As a result, Whitemud Drive now has no traffic signals between the western and eastern junctions with Anthony Henday Drive.

Future

The Whitemud extension (Highway 628) through Strathcona County will be divided all the way to Highway 21.

Interchanges and intersections

Whitemud Drive currently has 20 interchanges, 3 underpasses and 2 overpasses, giving it freeway status (red) for the 24.6 kilometres (15.3 mi) from Anthony Henday Drive on the west side to Anthony Henday Drive on the east side.[1][2][3]

Whitemud Drive Exit list
Continues as Highway 628 to Stony Plain
Enters the City of Edmonton at the 231 Street west right of way
19.1km
231 Street / Range Road 261
At-grade
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20.7km
Winterburn Road (215 Street)
Currently at-grade (traffic lights), Partial cloverleaf interchange planned
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21.4km
Lewis Estates Boulevard / Guardian Road
Currently at-grade (traffic lights), Diamond interchange planned
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22.7km
Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216)
Currently partial cloverleaf interchange, Clover-stack interchange planned
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Splits into collector/express setup
24.6km
178 Street
Diamond interchange
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To/from 170 Street
25.6km
170 Street
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Eastbound collector-express remains to 159 Street
26.8km
159 Street (to 149 Street from Eastbound Whitemud via 87 Avenue)
Diamond interchange
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27.2km
156 Street
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28.0km
149 Street
Directional T interchange (no eastbound exit)
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29.2km
Quesnell Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River
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29.3km
Fort Edmonton Park Road
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29.5km
Fox Drive (to Fort Edmonton Park)
Directional T interchange
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31.1km
53 Avenue
Diamond interchange
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32.0km
Terwillegar Drive
Directional T interchange (southbound exits from left lanes, no direct access to and from 53 Avenue)
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33.0km
Whitemud Creek (in Whitemud Park)
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33.1km
Rainbow Valley Drive (to Snow Valley Ski Club)
Overpass
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33.9km
119 / 122 Street
Diamond interchange
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Splits into collector/express setup
35.5km
111 Street
Divided north & south, with LRT through centre
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To/from 111 Street; westbound collector to 108A Street (to Southgate Centre)
36.4km
106 Street
(Northside collector two-way from 108A to 106 Street)
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To/from Calgary Trail & Gateway Boulevard; eastbound collector to 105 Street
37.0km
Calgary Trail (104 Street), Highway 2)
(Southbound one-way)
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To Calgary Trail from eastbound Whitemud; from Calgary Trail to westbound Whitemud
37.2km
Gateway Boulevard
(Northbound one-way)
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37.3km
CPR tracks
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37.6km
99 Street
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38.1km
97 Street (access via 51 Avenue)
Underpass
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38.9km
91 Street
Diamond interchange
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39.8km
86 / 76 Street (access via 51 Avenue / Roper Road)
Underpass
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40.5km
75 / 66 Street
Diamond interchange
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42.2km
50 Street
Diamond interchange
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43.8km
34 Street
Diamond interchange
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45.6km
17 Street
Diamond interchange
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Leaves the City of Edmonton at the Meridian (1) Street east right of way (west end of Henday ramps)
47.3km
Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216)
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Continues as Highway 628 to Highway 21

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Whitemud Drive–17 Street Interchange". City of Edmonton. November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Google Maps Edmonton
  3. City of Edmonton map utility