Posted to 48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project by Elizabeth Ng
July 12, 2017
Camrose, AB – 48th Avenue is a major route that links the local and regional transportation network in Camrose. The roadway between 51st Street and 54th Street is the busiest section and with the growing population of Camrose, this section requires improvements to support the growth.
The bridge within this section has served Camrose for over 55 years and has reached the end of its life. Along with replacing the bridge, the project will add an extra lane to both the eastbound and westbound directions to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic. The future seven lane roadway between 51st and 54st Street will be constructed by extending the acceleration lane on the westbound road. The additional eastbound lane will start from the 53rd Street intersection and taper off before 51st Street.
The 48th Avenue Bridge Replacement and Capacity Improvement project also includes decreasing the slope of the roadway between 51st Street and 53rd Street. The change in slope will increase traffic safety and efficiency.
To improve pedestrian convenience and safety, there will also be a new underground pedestrian bypass constructed near the east side of the lake. The underpass will cross the bridge north to south and allow access between the north Mirror Lake trails and Jubilee Park.
The design for the project has been finalized, the bids were received on June 15, 2017 and the contract is soon to be awarded. The final accepted budget is $6.7 million which is $1.3 million lower than the original $8 million budget.
The exact dates for construction have not been finalized but the following is the tentative schedule of the construction timeline which will be done in two phases. The first phase is set to begin in mid-August 2017 and end by late October 2017 during which the majority of the work will likely be in Mirror Lake. The second phase is the construction on the bridge and roadway which is planned to start in early April 2018 and go to the end of August 2018. During phase 2, 48th Avenue between 51st Street and 54th Street is expected to be fully closed to allow the removal of the old bridge and the construction of the new bridge and roadway. The detour plan is still tentative, but the City expects that all other crossings such as Camrose Drive, Grand Drive, 44 Avenue, 47 Avenue, and 54 Avenue will become busier.
The City and the selected contractor will work together to provide a safe and efficient detour plan to minimize congestion and inconvenience. Stay tuned for more information about detour plans and updates by visiting our website at www.camrose.ca. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the City of Camrose Engineering department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 780.672.4428.
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