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Apr 06

Phase 2 of 48 Avenue Bridge Project Going Well so Far

Posted to 48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project by Kirsten Freeborn

Posted on April 6, 2018

City Administration is quite pleased with how things are going so far on Phase 2 of the 48 Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. 

After setting up informational and detour route signage around the City, the full closures for 48 Avenue came into effect on Monday, March 26th.  Since that time, PSA has completed the removal of the pedestrian walkway bridges and most of the roadway bridge. 

On Friday, April 6th, the pile driving sub-contractor mobilized their equipment and materials to site.  Driving of the new bridge pilings is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 9th, and is likely to continue for the next 12 to 15 days.  During this time, a total of 62 steel pilings will be hammered into the underlying soil and bedrock (31 piles for each side of the bridge).  The contractor will begin work on the east side of the new bridge, with installation of the west pilings to follow.  Pile driving work will generally happen between 7am and 7pm on each day, either six or seven days per week until the work is done.  As is typical for this type of operation, pile driving will be quite loud as the equipment hammers the steel pilings into the ground.

During the next few weeks, PSA will continue with removal of the demolished roadway bridge, as well as preparation for remaining stages of the project.  At a scheduled construction progress meeting on April 5th, PSA advised that the off-site fabrication of the concrete box culverts is going quite well.  The box culvert fabrication should be done by mid- to late-April, in advance of the tentative installation timeframe between mid-May and mid-June.  PSA also advised that the off-site fabrication of the concrete bridge girders is going well.  The fabrication of this component should be done by mid-May, in advance of the tentative installation timeframe of early-June to early-July.  At this time, the project is still scheduled to be complete by the end of August.

The City, PSA, and AMEC continue to monitor traffic along the various detour routes.  Minor changes have been made to the original plan (the City has imposed some additional parking restrictions near key intersections).  However, the current traffic accommodation plan appears to be working quite well, and the City does not anticipate the need for any major changes to the plan at this time.  The City would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding while navigating the various detour routes during construction. 

Over the past few weeks, the City has received numerous requests for the City to install new signs along the bypass routes, and particularly signs to identify pedestrian crossing locations.  Citizens are reminded that pedestrians are permitted to cross a roadway at any intersection, unless there is a sign specifically prohibiting that crossing movement.  Given the temporary nature of the detours, the City is not intending to install any new pedestrian crossing signs along the detour routes at this time, unless that signage was warranted based on typical traffic volumes (i.e. separate from those that exist as a result of the bridge project detours).  In the meantime, pedestrians are asked to be patient as they wait for an opening in traffic before crossing the roadway.  If you wish to cross a roadway, indicate your intentions by making eye contact with the drivers, and by using the “Point, Pause, Proceed” technique.  At the same time, the City is asking all drivers to be considerate of pedestrians wishing to cross the roadways along the detour routes.  (For more information on the “Point, Pause, Proceed” technique, please refer to the Province’s website:  http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/3004.htm.)

Here are a few photos taken from the first few weeks of Phase 2 of this project:

Bridge 1March 26th – Old pedestrian and roadway bridges just after road closure was put in place

Bridge 2

March 26th – PSA crews removing the centre curb to allow temporary access out of the Wild Rose Coop site
Bridge 3

 March 28th – PSA in the process of removing the roadway bridge.  The pedestrian bridges had already been removed, and are seen toward the right side of the photo (behind the white storage container).  PSA delivered the pedestrian bridges to a City storage facility, where they can be repurposed for a future installation elsewhere in the City (locations to be determined).
Bridge 4

April 5th – Concrete pieces and rebar from the old roadway bridge.  This material will be removed in the coming days.  All concrete and asphalt will be sent to the City’s concrete recycling centre located near the landfill, where it can be crushed and repurposed for future projects.
Bridge 5

April 5th – AMEC and PSA staff walking across the last section of the old roadway bridge during a scheduled construction inspection.  This remaining section will be removed by Monday, April 9th, at which time the pile driving contractor will begin their work on the east side of the new bridge.



Mar 26

Project Update - March 26, 2018

Posted to Aquatic Centre Renos by Website Administrator

Clark Builders and BR2 Architecture provided Administration with some proposed phasing options which included cost options for the Aquatic Center Project which were then taken to Council on February 20, 2018.

No concepts or decisions on budget have been made, but currently the options are:

Option 1
  • A full-phased with a minimal shut down
  • Total time of 26 months
  • Approximate cost of $18.1M

Option 2
    A full shut down
  • Total time of 15 months
  • Approximate cost of $16.6M

Option 3
  • A partial shut down
  • Total time of 18 months with a 12 month closure
  • Approximate cost of $16.9M

Click here to watch the interior design rendering video. THIS IS ONLY A PRELIMINARY DESIGN. NO CONCEPTS HAVE BEEN APPROVED.
Jul 07

Blue Dot Declaration Update Report - December 19, 2016

Posted to Blue Dot Movement by Website Administrator

On October 5th 2015, the City of Camrose approved the “Right to a Healthy Environment” Declaration. Camrose was the first City in Alberta to make such a declaration. The following lists various projects and actions taken by the City of Camrose related to the creation and maintenance of a healthy environment.
  • Energy Conservation – The Encana Arena Solar Power Project involved the installation of a 1,053,000 Watt solar power system, representing the second largest rooftop installation in Canada.
  • Energy Conservation – LED Streetlight Conversion – A contract was signed with Fortis for the replacement of City streetlights in 2017. We expect to replace 2,203 streetlights with low energy, dark-sky friendly LEDs in quarter three of 2017.
  • Water Protection – The Source Water Protection Plan, approved by both the City and the County of Camrose, will help protect the Battle River Watershed.
  • Water Protection – The Waste Water Treatment Project progressed with the selection of an upgrade technology to enhance the performance of our waster water treatment process.
  • Water Conservation – The draft Water Shortage Response Plan was created and circulated with the various stakeholders.
  • Water Conservation – The Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program.
  • Air Quality – The updated Smoking Bylaw prohibits smoking in public parks.
  • Air Quality – The continuation of the Naturalization Program with associated reductions in mowing requirements.
  • Transportation – The Community Bus Pilot Project was initiated including a combination of a fixed route and a group booking service.
  • Transportation – Improved trail system through the approved future installation of the 48th Street Underpass along with progress on the CP Rail Underpass. Once complete, these two projects will allow uninterrupted walkability from the north side to the south side of our beautiful City.
  • Promotion of Healthy Local Foods – Community services has plans for the expansion of the Community Gardens in 2017. This project may include plots in other areas of the City.
  • Reduced Solid Waste – Implementation of the new composting totes.
  • Reduced Chemical Use / Recycling – The millings produced from the various road overlay projects were repurposed to replace frequently used gravel roads with basic paved roads. This reduces the amount of maintenance required and eliminates the need for dust control chemical on those sections of road.
  • Increased Density – The approval of the updated Land Use Bylaw with related housing density provisions. These included reduced parking stall requirements and supports mixed use zoning.