Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) is a 77-kilometer (48 mi) freeway that encircles Edmonton, Alberta. It is a heavily traveled commuter and truck bypass route with the southwest quadrant serving as a portion of the CANAMEX Corridor that links Canada to the United States and Mexico. The Henday is one of the busiest highways in Western Canada, carrying over 106,000 vehicles per day near West Edmonton Mall (2018 stats). Rush hour congestion is common on the four-lane section in southwest Edmonton; this section of roadway was designed to allow for 40,000 vehicles a day by 2020 but as of June 2018 carries approximately 80,000 vehicles daily.
The project will include the widening of 18 km, one lane in each direction, of existing pavement and Portland Cement Concrete portions between Hwy2/Calgary Trail at the south end and Whitemud Drive at the north end. Also included in the contract is the widening of five major bridge structures and the construction of one new bridge, the design and construction of two noise walls and the construction of ten maintenance accesses along Hwy 216:02 and Hwy 216:08.
The project will start this fall with completion by October of 2022.