On Friday, December 2 between 2:00 and 4:00 am, Airport Road will be completely closed between 31 St. and Highway 2, while overhead wayfinding signs are installed.
All traffic travelling away from the terminal on Airport Road will be detoured north along 31 St. to Highway 19, where they can either go north or south on Highway 2 (see green detour route on map).
Traffic heading towards the terminal from either the north, south or east, will have to access EIA from Highway 19, also highlighted in green on the map.
Due to the hours of this closure, minimal traffic impacts are expected.
Starting September 9, 2015, Edmonton International Airport (EIA) began a $15-million Airport Road Upgrade project. The project is a significant investment in the safe, smooth flow of traffic at EIA.
“EIA is a key regional economic driver, and our core values place safety and security first. To ensure the safety of travellers and support current development, we are committing our time and resources to this infrastructure improvement project,” says Steve Rumley, EIA Vice President Infrastructure.
Phase 1 and 2 of the roadwork were completed by the end of 2015. Phase 3 will begin in spring 2016.
Passengers will experience immediate benefits, such as improved ride-ability on Airport Road (new sections built, existing ones resurfaced) and preliminary intersection expansion between Airport Road and Airport Perimeter Road. Additional work to be completed during 2016 includes:
- widening the exit ramp from the QEII southbound from the current two-lane configuration to five lanes and adding a signalized intersection with double left turning lanes to Nisku where the off-ramp meets Airport Road
- addition of traffic signals to the new intersection of Airport Road and Airport Perimeter Road
- construction of a new off-ramp from Airport Road onto the QEII southbound
- construction of a new access road from Airport Road to the future site of the Outlet Collection
This $15-million improvement project is funded entirely by EIA, and is a reinvestment of non-aeronautical revenue. Airport Improvement Fees (AIF) are not a funding source for this project.
The image below depicts what the final product will be.