The Pulse: Dec. 1, 2023

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A one-lane road with a multi-use path beside it.

Dismantling Edmonton's half-built freeway begins on Rossdale Road

By Stephanie Swensrude

Work that will begin to undo Edmonton's incomplete 1970s downtown freeway project is already seeing asphalt removed in one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods.

As part of the routine rehabilitation of Rossdale Road, the city has opted to redirect southeast-bound traffic to other routes, closing the vehicle lanes permanently. Drivers that would have used the now-closed sections of Rossdale Road to reach 97 Avenue will now use 99 Avenue, westbound, and turn southbound on Bellamy Hill Road.

The city said the redesign helps simplify an area it calls dangerous and confusing.

"The changes we proposed on the Rossdale Road rehabilitation are necessary to eliminate some of the confusion where the triangle portion of 103 Street, Bellamy Hill, Rossdale Road, and 97 Avenue connect," said Satya Gadidasu, the City of Edmonton project manager in charge of the redesign.

The former vehicle lanes have been stripped of asphalt and returned to dirt, and trees will eventually be planted. An existing sidewalk will be widened to become a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The neighbourhood's city councillor is enthusiastic about the changes.

"The road network redesign really helps us rededicate some existing lands for green space, so I think that's a really positive outcome," said Ward O-day'min Coun. Anne Stevenson.

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Headlines: Dec. 1, 2023

By Kevin Holowack and Mariam Ibrahim

A person dressed as a winter princess with illuminated stars hanging above them.

Weekend agenda: Dec. 1-3, 2023

By Debbi Serafinchon

Events this weekend include attending a new downtown winter festival, creating a bird-friendly window decal, watching drag performers compete to sleigh, meeting a bakebook author, and the chance to see Krampus at a witchy market.

Find even more to do in the Arts Roundup and the Food Roundup. And check out this weekend's holiday markets.

Photo: The Edmonton Downtown Business Association is hosting its first-ever Winterval, bringing free outdoor concerts, festive and cultural activities, sleigh rides, a market, and more to downtown. (Edmonton Downtown Business Association)