Northeast River Crossing project

Project update July 2018

The Northeast River Crossing is no longer being pursued and work on this study has been discontinued. This follows an announcement on May 25, 2018, by the Province of Alberta, to invest in the Highway 38 (Vinca) bridge crossing and direction from City of Edmonton’s Council on June 13, 2018.

The project partners thank you for your interest and participation in this study.

Planning for a northeast river crossing

Early planning is underway for a potential new river crossing over the North Saskatchewan River, in the northeast part of the Edmonton region.  The need for this bridge was identified in a 2011 study prepared for the Capital Region Board (CRB).  The CRB plans and coordinates the growth of the Edmonton region.  This future bridge would join Edmonton and Strathcona County and connect Highways 15 (Manning Drive) and 21.  It would also provide an alternate route over the river and provide better access to Highway 63 leading north.  Construction is not expected for another 25 to 35 years.

This project involves a partnership of four municipalities and the Province of Alberta:


Logos of all project partners.


Strathcona County, The City of Fort Saskatchewan, Sturgeon County, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Transportation are proceeding with the first step in the planning process for this river crossing: The Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study. This study will identify the long-term needs of the area, and recommend an approximate location for the future bridge and connecting roads.

This study is being conducted because of the need to complete early strategic planning, but based on current growth in the region, the proposed bridge and its connecting roads will not be constructed for another 25 to 35 years.  Land requirements for the future bridge and connecting roads will be identified in the study recommendations.

The study will run from January 2017 to December 2018.  It will involve gathering feedback from local stakeholders and the public.   

Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study Area

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Public engagement

The Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study involves four municipalities: City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Edmonton, Sturgeon County and Strathcona County, along with Alberta Transportation on behalf of the province.

Public consultation and engagement will be available for the residents of the four municipalities during the two-year study. Input from stakeholders, and the public will inform the study recommendations for the region's future growth and transportation needs.  

If you would like to be included on the email list to stay informed of public engagement opportunities and study updates, please sign-up for North East River Crossing updates.

Public meetings

Phase 2 public meetings

November 21 and 22, 2017

The public was invited to two identical drop-in public meetings for Phase 2 of the Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study. Feasible alignment options were presented for input.

What we heard: NERC Stage Two

Meeting materials


Feasible Options

Phase 1 public meetings

On April 19 and 20, 2017, the public was invited to attend meetings to learn about the project, its purpose and timeline, and to provide input to inform our understanding of the study area.

Related documents

Further information:

Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019
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