But outside of the obvious decrease in construction traffic along the route, what should Edmontonians expect when the Henday is finally completed by the 1st of October? I have broken it down into the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- For those who travel a lot all over town for business, this should be a time saver. This is especially the case for those who drive to primarily commercial and industrial locations, which have been relocating more and more to be adjacent to the Henday in anticipation of its completion.
- For large trucks hauling through town it will decrease the amount of traffic through our interior roads as they travel around the city to get to their destination rather than through the centre of it.
- The trucks will now also have the option to head west or east around town, spreading the amount of truck traffic out a little bit more and alleviating some of the issues seen in the sections currently open.
- The continuation of housing and commercial development outwards rather than a concentration on infill . People will want easier access to the road to get them to work and may choose to have a new property on the edge of the Henday than in an interior section. This spreading of development further areas costs more to create the proper utility and emergency service infrastructure necessary to accommodate it.
- Accidents - any accident on a major arterial road like the Henday will back things up in a way that hasn't been seen here in Edmonton. There are already examples of this in the West and South sections of the Henday. As drivers become more reliant on the road there will be an increase in traffic, and as such, an increase in accidents and slowdowns through the area affected.
With all major projects such as this, there has been many missteps along the way. In the end, hopefully what this road can do is make it easier, faster, and more efficient to travel in and around Edmonton by using the Anthony Henday.