Blog module icon

All Blog


Find out what's happening in the blog. Below is a list of blog items.

Jul 21

48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project is Underway

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 engineer@camrose.ca or at 780.672.4428.

Jul 07

Blue Dot Declaration Update Report - December 19, 2016

Posted to Blue Dot Movement by Sara Walkey

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.