I guess that Ellerslie overpass must be pretty well underway. Those grain elevators have been gone for awhile now. I was kind of sad to see them go, they were kind of nice on the edge of the city, always used to go by them on my way to my grandmothers house coming up from Calgary.
A new and improved ring road? It's a great idea. Winnipeg has a perimeter highway and it's very good for traffic to be able to bypass the city or to go to the other side of town, especially heavy trucks. It's a pain to have to drive through the city to go down the trans-Canada highway, like in Calgary. The only good thing about having to go down 16th avenue in Calgary is that Peter's Drive In is an easy stop (how would you guess I'm from Calgary?).
Back to YEG. I think they need something better than just extending the LRT. Like a fast train with only one or two stops. Let people drive to Ellerslie, or even put a station near the Whitemud and have a park-and-ride sort of affair. Make it fast to get into town, and make it economical enough-taxi rides are a fortune for businessmen to get into Edmonton from YEG. Yes, LRT to the airport would be expensive. And they should do it right, as they have for the most part, by putting it underground (that was dumb in Calgary putting railway crossings everywhere). Maybe the provincial government could fork over some money for transportation infrastructure. (Maybe give Calgary money to build the 96th avenue link across to Deerfoot, and extend their LRT to the airport, for their share of the money, and maybe give a little to Lethbridge or some other smaller cities money to upgrade taxiways, aprons, and terminals to make them more attractive to airlines.)
One the topic of consolidation of YXD and YEG (muni/international). Yes, Namao would have been smarter, especially with a chance to start again with a new terminal in '95 (OK, so it would be pricey, but still...). And Namao isn't even an airfield anymore, its an army base. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't it have the longest runway in Canada? They should have used it, they could have even shared the airfield between the military and civil operations. But I think part of the reason for YEG was to make it more attractive to Red Deer, to compete with YYC for that traffic. As far as YXD, I heard there's a bunch of small operators wanting to run 19 seat turboprops into the muni, and that the airport authority is trying to clamp down on them even more. The message the airport authority should hear is that people like YXD, and that the only way to make them want to use YEG is to build a rapid transit link.
As far as Edmonton city hall, I think it has partly to do with their wish to annex Sherwood Park, and other surrounding areas against their will, as to why in part some things are done weird-that infighting is pretty intense. And of course some other things...
Back to one more comment on the terminal at YEG. Personally I can't say I'm much of a fan of it. Architecturally I just love the design of YWG. In terms of as a passenger, YYC is tops. Edmonton isn't great on either count. I just hope they improve the facilities a lot with their renovation, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.