Alberta Highway 216

Alberta Highway 216

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Alberta Highway 216

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Highway 216, also known as Anthony Henday Drive, is a ring road highway around Edmonton, Alberta. It is currently under construction and named after Alberta explorer Anthony Henday.

More than half of the road is completed and in use, starting east of Edmonton at Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16), south to Highway 14, then west past Gateway Boulevard / Calgary Trail (Highway 2), to Cameron Heights, then north to 137 Avenue. The highway designation 216, denotes its bypass linkages to the two major crossroads of Edmonton, Highway 2 and Highway 16. A similar ring road, Highway 201, is also being constructed around the City of Calgary.

History and past construction

The eastern leg from Yellowhead Trail to Highway 14 was already an existing highway for several decades - this was formerly known as Highway 14X.

The Alberta provincial government developed the ring road plan during the 1970s and purchased the land for this purpose. This encircling land became known as the Transportation and Utility Corridor, ("utilities" being both overhead high-voltage transmission lines, and underground gas and oil pipelines), TUC for short on engineering drawings.

The western leg from Yellowhead Trail to Whitemud Drive was constructed by the City of Edmonton during the 1990s, prior to the province taking over responsibility of the project. The 87 Avenue and Whitemud Drive interchanges were built, and the southwestern leg from Whitemud Drive to Calgary Trail / Gateway Boulevard was completed...
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