Emergency Egress Roads


Abasand Emergency Egress Road

Abasand Emergency Access

Beacon Hill Emergency Egress Road

Beacon Hill Emergency Access

Wood Buffalo Emergency Egress Road

Wood Buffalo Emergency Access

Emergency Egress Roads are being built in Abasand/Grayling Terrace, Beacon Hill and Wood Buffalo/Thickwood.

Construction will begin in August, 2017 and is expected to be complete by November, 2017. Work will take place Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the duration of the project. 

The construction of Emergency Egress Roads will mitigate the risk of future emergencies by improving traffic flow.

Use of the roads in Abasand/Grayling Terrace and Beacon Hill for any purpose will be restricted outside of emergency situations.


The Emergency Egress Road in Abasand will be built between Abasand Drive and Memorial Drive southbound.

Together with the Construction Access Road, the roads will create the Emergency Egress Road, allowing residents of the communities of Abasand and Grayling Terrace to have a secondary egress route with direct access to Highway 63.

Beacon Hill

The Emergency Egress Road in Beacon Hill will be built as an extension of Beaconwood Road, crossing Beacon Hill Drive and connecting directly to Memorial Drive southbound.

In 2017, only the stretch between the Construction Access Road and Memorial Drive will be built. The remainder will be completed when the Construction Access Road has closed.

This connection will provide residents of Beacon Hill with a secondary egress route with direct access to Highway 63.

Wood Buffalo

The Emergency Egress Road in Wood Buffalo will expand the existing path that connects Woodward Lane in Wood Buffalo to Wolverine Drive in Thickwood.

During construction, the path will be closed. Residents are asked to follow posted detours.

Once built, the road will retain its use as a recreational pathway outside of emergency situations.

This connection will provide Wood Buffalo residents with another egress route in the event of an emergency.


Why are Emergency Egress roads being built in these three neighbourhoods?

To mitigate future risk, permanent emergency access roads will be built for use as a secondary egress route in the event of an emergency or disaster.

When will construction begin?

Construction is scheduled to start in August of 2017 in all three neighbourhoods and is expected to be complete by November of 2017.

When will an Emergency Egress Road be built for Waterways?

Pre-design work is under way for an extension of the Saline Creek Parkway, which will serve as the Emergency Egress Road. Design and construction will begin when pre-design work is complete.

How will the roads be opened in the event of an emergency?

Members of the RCMP, Bylaw Services and Regional Emergency Services will open the roads in the event of an emergency.

How is the Municipality paying for the cost of building and maintaining these roads?

The cost of pre-design, design and construction of the Emergency Egress Roads will be submitted as part of the Municipality’s claim to the Disaster Recovery Program. Maintenance costs for the roads will be covered by the Municipality’s Public Works department through Parks and Roads Services.

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