Early planning is underway for a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan, connecting Highways 15 and 21.
 
Although not expected for another 25 to 35 years, the need for a connection was identified in a 2011 Capital Region Board study.
 
A future bridge would connect Edmonton and Strathcona County, providing an alternate route over the river and improving access to Highway 63.
 
Project partners include the City of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, Sturgeon County, Strathcona County and Alberta Transportation.
 
The group's first step is the Northeast River Crossing Functional Planning Study to identify the long term needs of the area and recommend a rough location for the future bridge and connecting roads.
 
A study started in January and will run until December 2018, gathering feedback from stakeholders and the public. An information session will be held in each of the four municipalities to gather feedback.
 
The first two sessions are coming up on April 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sherwood Park and on April 20 at the same times at Horse Hill School on Meridian Street, Edmonton.
 
For more information or to have questions and concerns addressed before the sessions, call 311.
 
This bridge is a different project than the Highway 15 bridge twinning to Fort Saskatchewan announced in March.
 
A map shows where the area is in relation to major roads. Courtesy City of Edmonton.