Oct 16

Update on the Bridge Opening

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 3:29 PM by Ashton Ford

In the previous blog update, the week of October 22-26 was highlighted as the likely opening period for the bridge and pedestrian walkways. Based on the progress made since then, that prediction appears to remain on track. The only remaining tasks are the completion of the landscaping, painted line markings on the roadway, installation of the guardrails, and the handrails along some portions of the pedestrian path. With the crew planning to work through the weekend, the City expects that the bridge and pedestrian walkway could be open by as early as early next week.

Along with the good news regarding the opening timeline, the City’s consultant did complete an initial inspection of the bridge with the contractor. The City’s consultant was pleased with the work completed, and has noted only minor deficiencies on the project. Later this week, the City will be participating in another formal inspection of the bridge and the trails. Given the positive results of the previous inspection, the City does not anticipate any major issues to be identified at that time. However, before the bridge is re-opened to the public, the City will ensure that PSA addresses the necessary fixes to remaining deficiencies.

The City would again, like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Department at 780-672-4428 or at engineer@camrose.ca.
Oct 12

Progress Updates and What’s To Come?

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 2:15 PM by Ashton Ford

With the weather mainly cooperating over the past week, PSA and Border Paving were able to make significant progress on the bridge project. As of Friday morning, all trail paving has been completed, including within the new pedestrian underpass. This marks the end of all paving related to the construction project. Additionally, topsoil has been placed in all park and boulevard areas throughout the construction site.

In the coming week, PSA plans to install the posts and guardrails, as well as begin placing sod within the landscaped areas. The City expects that the final cleanup of the roads and project area will take place during the week of October 22 – 26, weather permitting. During that week, the line markings will be painted on the road, the safety barricades will be removed, and the new roadway and pedestrian trails should be opened to the public.

In the coming weeks, the City will be sharing information about an upcoming opening ceremony for the bridge and pedestrian underpass. This will be happening a few weeks after the bridge is open to the public, to celebrate the completion of the project.

The City would again, like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Department at 780-672-4428 or at engineer@camrose.ca.


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Oct 10 – Paving the new trail from the south side of the new pedestrian underpass to the existing sidewalk on the south side of 48 Avenue, east of Mirror Lake

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Oct 11 – Border Paving completing the last section of the asphalt trail paving on the north side of 48 Avenue near the Bill Fowler Center. Piles of topsoil are visible, which will be spread out over the landscaped areas in advance of the placement of new sod.
Oct 09

Project Schedule Update

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 3:23 PM by Ashton Ford

Another on-site meeting was held on Thursday, October 4. AMEC, PSA, and the City met to review progress on the bridge project.

Since the previous update, Fortis Alberta has installed the streetlights along the length of the roadway, and the 53 Street signal lights are currently being tested to ensure they will work properly on opening day. Work continues with the preparation of the base for the pedestrian trails. As it sits now, the plan is for PSA and Border Paving to complete the east side trail paving first, before moving to the west side. Once they begin on the west, the landscaping crew will begin their work on the east, eventually transitioning to the west once the paving is complete there. While this final landscaping is being done, PSA plans to have all the road line markings completed and the guardrail installed along the road. The guardrail is not being installed until after the paving is complete, as it would get in the way of the trail paving. This issue provides some operational challenges regarding the possible early opening of the bridge. While PSA continues to look into options to open up the bridge and roadway before the rest of the project is complete, they have flagged some concerns related to the scheduling of some of their subcontractors.

In regards to the project’s remaining time, there was about a two week loss in progress from all the wet, cold weather from the previous weeks. Weather permitting; the updated project completion date will likely be toward the end of October. Along with the completion of the project, the City is tentatively planning for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to take place in early to mid-November. More information will be provided as we get closer to this time.

The City would again, like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Department at 780-672-4428 or at engineer@camrose.ca.