Kingsway (Edmonton)

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Kingsway
Kingsway Avenue, 108A Avenue
Kingsway (Edmonton) is located in Edmonton
Kingsway (Edmonton)
Kingsway (Edmonton)
Start/End points of Kingsway
Maintained by the City of Edmonton
Length 3.2 km[1] (2.0 mi)
Location Edmonton
West end 121 Street / 118 Avenue
Major
junctions
Princess Elizabeth Avenue, 109 Street, 111 Avenue, 101 Street
East end 97 Street

Kingsway, sometimes called Kingsway Avenue, is an arterial road in central Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that runs on a northwest to southeast path, cutting through the city's normal grid pattern. It skirts just to the south of Edmonton City Centre Airport, and connects to Kingsway Mall and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Until 1939, the road was called Portage Avenue and represented the northern boundary of development. During the 1939 royal tour of Canada, 70,000 people lined the specially constructed grandstands to see the royal motorcade with King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, and Prime Minister King, the street was renamed in honour of King George VI.[2] In 1951, their daughter, the then Princess Elizabeth, visited Edmonton, prompting the naming of the adjacent Princess Elizabeth Avenue. It starts as 118 Avenue and turns southeast by 121 Street (where the CN rail line used to be), continues straight to 97 Street and turns east again as it becomes 108A Avenue.

History[edit]

Before the completion of Yellowhead Trail, Kingsway would stretch from 118 Avenue to St. Albert Trail, as Highway 2 would follow 109 Street to Kingsway, turn northwest, and continue to St. Albert Trail.[3]

Neighbourhoods[edit]

List of neighbourhoods Kingsway runs through, in order from west to east.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

This is a list of major intersections, starting at the west end of Kingsway.[4] The entire route is in Edmonton.

km[1] mi Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 Continues west as 118 Avenue
121 Street – Via Rail Station At-grade (traffic lights)
53°34′12″N 113°31′48″W / 53.57000°N 113.53000°W / 53.57000; -113.53000 (Kingsway x 121 St)
0.3 0.19 Airport Road / 119 Street – City Centre Airport (west entrance) At-grade (traffic lights)
53°34′6″N 113°31′35″W / 53.56833°N 113.52639°W / 53.56833; -113.52639 (Kingsway x 119 St)
0.9 0.56 Airport Road – City Centre Airport (east entrance) At-grade (traffic lights)
53°33′56″N 113°31′11″W / 53.56556°N 113.51972°W / 53.56556; -113.51972 (Kingsway x Airport)
1.4 0.87 Princess Elizabeth Avenue – NAIT At-grade (traffic lights)
53°33′45″N 113°30′44″W / 53.56250°N 113.51222°W / 53.56250; -113.51222 (Kingsway x Princess Elizabeth)
1.7 1.1 109 Street – NAIT, City Centre At-grade (traffic lights)
53°33′39″N 113°30′30″W / 53.56083°N 113.50833°W / 53.56083; -113.50833 (Kingsway x 109 St)
1.9 1.2 108 Street – Kingsway Mall At-grade (traffic lights)
53°33′36″N 113°30′23″W / 53.56000°N 113.50639°W / 53.56000; -113.50639 (Kingsway x 108 St)
2.1 1.3 111 Avenue At-grade (traffic lights); at-grade LRT crossing on 111 Ave
53°33′32″N 113°30′14″W / 53.55889°N 113.50389°W / 53.55889; -113.50389 (Kingsway x 111 Av)
2.2 1.4 106 Street Westbound exit only
53°33′30″N 113°30′10″W / 53.55833°N 113.50278°W / 53.55833; -113.50278 (Kingsway x 106 St)
2.2–
2.5
1.4–
1.6
Passes Kingsway/Royal Alex station
2.8 1.7 102 Street – Royal Alexandra Hospital At-grade
53°33′19″N 113°29′45″W / 53.55528°N 113.49583°W / 53.55528; -113.49583 (Kingsway x 102 St)
2.9 1.8 101 Street At-grade (traffic lights)
53°33′16″N 113°29′37″W / 53.55444°N 113.49361°W / 53.55444; -113.49361 (Kingsway x 101 St)
East end of Kingsway • West end of 108A Avenue
3.2 2.0 97 Street At-grade (traffic lights)
53°33′17″N 113°29′26″W / 53.55472°N 113.49056°W / 53.55472; -113.49056 (Kingsway x 97 St)
108A Avenue continues east (no eastbound cross traffic)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (November 17, 2017). "Kingsway in Edmonton, AB" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Aubrey, Merrily K (2004), Naming Edmonton : from Ada to Zoie, (Edmonton Historical Board. Heritage Sites Committee) University of Alberta Press, p. 181, ISBN 0-88864-423-X 
  3. ^ "Edmonton Area - 1926". University of Calgary. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b City of Edmonton map utility