Sep 19

How has the weather affected the bridge project?

Posted on September 19, 2018 at 9:31 AM by Ashton Ford

There has been a bit of a delay with the road paving at the bridge site. AMEC and PSA had planned to start the paving at the beginning of last week. This plan was delayed due to the unexpected snow and rainfall. As seen in the photos below, PSA and Border Paving are taking advantage of the milder weather while we have it. With additional wet weather in the forecast, they are trying to have as much of the road paved as possible. However, as some of the existing gravel areas on the west side of the project have yet to dry out from the last rainfalls, some of this initial paving work may be delayed to next week.

The weather delays have affected the overall schedule of the project. The details of the schedule changes will not be known in full until the next construction meeting, scheduled for Friday, September 21. After this meeting, the City will provide a further update.

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

Sept 11 – Border Paving completing final base preparation, in advance of paving.

Sept 18 – Border starting to place the first layer of asphalt on the roadway, starting at the northeast corner of the project and working their way south.

Sept 18 – Looking at the project from 53 Street. Paving work ongoing on the east side of the project. Paving on the west side of the project to follow, weather permitting.
Sep 07

48 Avenue Bridge Progress Update

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 9:40 AM by Ashton Ford

On Thursday, September 6, PSA, AMEC, and the City had another on-site meeting. PSA updated the City on the construction progress. Since the previous meeting, the weather proofing on the bridge deck has been complete, and all the curbs have been installed.

PSA also gave a detailed update of the remaining tasks. By the end of this week, PSA will have poured the concrete median that goes across the bridge. The rest of the median along 48 Avenue will be constructed after the road paving is complete. Over the weekend, the prep work on the roadway will be completed, and the road paving will begin next week, starting on the east side of the project. PSA anticipates that both sides of the project should be paved within the next two weeks, weather permitting. After the roadway is paved, PSA will start installing the guardrails that will separate the road users from the pedestrians on either side of 48 Avenue. PSA will also start work on installing line markings on the roadway, as well as start work on the trail paving. Currently, PSA expects that these tasks will be complete by the end of September. PSA will start work on the new landscaping after all the road and trail work is complete. PSA anticipates that the landscaping will be complete by early to mid-October, as previously predicted.

Another task completed by PSA over the past two weeks is the installation of silt curtains along the edge of the roadway. This silt curtain is installed to keep loose clay and dirt from being washed into the lake. This curtain will remain in place until after the planted sod has established a strong root system. Given the current timing of the project, the silt fence will likely remain installed until next spring, at which point PSA will remove the curtains.

During the past two weeks, workers from the City removed the pedestrian crossing signal infrastructure at the 51 Street crossing of 48 Avenue. With the upcoming opening of the bridge and underpass, the City intends for users to use either the new pedestrian underpass or the existing crossing at 50 Street if they wish to cross 48 Avenue. “No pedestrian crossing” signage will be installed at 51 Street soon, and the City thanks everyone in advance for their assistance with using the new crossing locations.

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

Aug 24 – PSA’s concrete subcontractor starting to pour curbs along the north side of 48 Avenue near the Wild Rose Co-op property.

Sept 6 - Standing near the intersection of 53 Street and 48 Avenue, looking east toward the bridge and downtown. All curbs have now been installed.

Sept 6 - Looking west along the new westbound through lane at 53 Street. Signal light poles have been relocated to their final location and will be energized shortly.

Sept 6 - PSA has completed weatherproofing the new bridge deck, and is starting to frame the center median on the bridge that will separate the eastbound and westbound lanes of 48 Avenue. The remaining portions of the center median on either side of the bridge will be formed and poured after the roadway has been paved.

Sept 6 - Standing on the future westbound lanes of the bridge, looking northeast. The posts attached to the concrete will hold the future bridge rail which separates the westbound lanes of traffic from the pedestrians walking along the north 4-meter wide walkway.

Sept 6 - Fortis installing the bases for the new streetlight poles on the south side of 48 Avenue.
Aug 24

Update on the 48 Avenue Bridge Roadway Construction

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 10:51 AM by Ashton Ford

On Thursday, August 23, AMEC, PSA and the City met for another on-site construction update meeting. In the meeting, PSA mentioned that they are mindful of the current poor air quality resulting from the BC fires, but that it has not significantly affected their staff or overall progress on the project.

Over the last two weeks, PSA has completed all of the necessary changes to realign the roadway onto its final alignment. PSA has also completed installation of wiring and fixtures for the pedestrian underpass lighting. On the east and west sides of the project, the roadway subbase is complete and the initial layer of gravel has been placed and is compacted.

In the coming days, PSA’s concrete sub-contractor will start installing curb and gutter on the east side of the project site. As this continues on both sides of the project and as the center median is constructed, Border Paving will be able to place the remaining gravel base and start paving the new roadway. In the meantime, Fortis plans to start installing underground wiring and the bases for the new street light poles sometime next week, with the final street lights being installed after paving is complete. PSA anticipates that they will complete all paving by mid- to late-September, followed by the installation of line markings and guardrails. PSA plans to start work on landscaping for the project by mid-September, although this will continue through the end of the project by mid-October.

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

August 23 – Border Paving compacting gravel material under future roadway on the west side of the bridge.

August 23 – Representatives from Fortis on site with PSA to review locations for new street lights.

August 23 – South bridge girders have been reinstalled in their final location. The posts for the south bridge railing are installed on the curb that separates the south walkway from the eastbound lanes on 48 Avenue.

August 23 – LED lighting fixtures and wiring installed within pedestrian underpass. These will be activated toward the end of the project.