“River Crossing is where the city meets the North Saskatchewan River at the heart of Edmonton. On both banks of the river connected by the impressive Walterdale Bridge, and on the water — this is River Crossing.”
The Rossdale Transportation Network project, identified in the River Crossing Business Plan (RCBP), aims to enhance public spaces and design the roadway network for all modes of transportation, including people walking, biking, taking transit and driving. The design considers the connections for this important link of roadways into and out of the Rossdale neighbourhood for commuters accessing downtown from the south and for those travelling east-west across the City. Concept planning for the Rossdale Transportation Network was completed earlier in 2023 to establish a plan that meets the Rossdale Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and the community needs while balancing needs of businesses, active users and those who commute through the area.
Background: In anticipation of the changes adopted in the Rossdale Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), City Administration initiated the Rossdale Transportation Network Analysis study with a focus on verifying and finalizing the changes to the transportation network outlined in the Rossdale ARP. The Concept Plan was completed as a follow up to the Network Analysis study providing the conceptual details to deliver the plan. This Concept Plan carries forward established objectives outlined in the Network Analysis Study, the RCBP, Rossdale ARP and River Crossing Heritage Interpretive Plan (RCHIP). The goal was to develop an integrated urban roadway concept and streetscape design that balances the needs of local and regional users. The Concept Plan also incorporates other aspects such as, but not limited to, land use, active modes connections, accessibility, stakeholder feedback, right-of-way requirements, traffic operations, transit service, on-street parking, utilities (existing and future), environmental concerns and historic resources.
The Rossdale ARP was adopted by City Council in 1986 without specific direction regarding West Rossdale. Following studies over the subsequent years, Council adopted the River Crossing Vision for West Rossdale in 2015 and directed Administration to take actions to help bring the vision of the area to life by preparing a heritage interpretive plan and business plan. Following this direction, the 2017 RCHIP and 2019 RCBP were completed. The RCBP integrates direction from the RCHIP by identifying areas for interpretive programming, considering connections and compatibility between heritage features and future development and by involving stakeholders and partners connected to the area’s heritage. Through the integration of the RCHIP, the RCBP provides a fresh redevelopment concept, along with proposed changes to the transportation network for supporting the proposed redevelopment.
Presenters – Satya Gadidasu P. Eng – Engineering Program Manager, City of Edmonton
Dan Zeggelaar, P.Eng, PTP, PTOE – Transportation Project Manager, ISL Engineering and Land Services