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Nov 14

48th Avenue Bridge Replacement Project - November Update

Posted to 48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project by Melissa Henderson

November 14, 2017

Despite the recent winter conditions, work on the 48th Avenue Bridge Replacement Project continues to proceed. On Friday November 10, 2017 the City, AMEC Foster Wheeler (the consultants), and PSA Construction (the contractor) met on-site to discuss the remainder of Phase 1 of the project.

At the beginning of November, work on the project came to a temporary halt as wet weather conditions caused Camrose County to implement bans on heavy vehicles travelling on County roads. As a result, PSA Construction’s trucking sub-contractor had to temporarily stop their gravel hauling operations. However, the recent prolonged cold conditions have firmed up the roads and trucking operations were able to resume.

Currently, PSA Construction is continuing to place rock fill material in Mirror Lake to the Northwest of the bridge to accommodate for the widened roadway.  To allow for the movement of large trucks in and out of the construction site, the roadway has been reduced to one lane westbound through the 53rd Street intersection. As well, the North sidewalk closure will be extended west to the Mirror Lake Bridge walkway. This means that until further notice, no pedestrians will be allowed to cross 48th Avenue at 53rd Street. Pedestrians can cross between the North and South sidewalks at either 56th Street or 51st Street. The City and PSA Construction would like to thank citizens for their continued patience and co-operation during this time.

The contractor anticipates their work to be completed by the end of November, signaling the end of Phase 1 of the project.  Once construction shuts down for the winter months, all pedestrian and vehicular traffic restrictions will be removed and 48th Avenue and the sidewalks will function normally.

Phase 2 of the project will begin in late March or early April 2018, when PSA Construction will completely shut down 48 Avenue between 53rd Street and 51st Street to remove the existing pedestrian and roadway bridges.

Stay tuned for further updates. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the City of Camrose’s Engineering Department at engineer@camrose.ca or at 780-672-4428.


48th Ave rock fill material being placed on North side

Photo taken from the North side of Mirror Lake, looking Southwest toward 53rd Street. Trucks are continuing to unload rock fill material into the lake.


48th Ave North rock fill and environmental protection blankets


Rock fill material is being placed into the lake North of 48th Avenue Bridge. Environmental protection blankets are in place in Mirror Lake to prevent stirred up sediment and debris from dispersing throughout the lake.

48th Ave eastbound traffic restrictions removed

Photo was taken along 53rd Street, just South of 48th Avenue looking toward the Northeast. All traffic restrictions have been removed for eastbound traffic, while the contractor continues to work on the North side of 48th Avenue in the lake.

Nov 17

Wawanesa makes donation to the Aquatic Centre Renovation & Expansion Project

Posted to Aquatic Centre Renos by Sara Walkey

Wawanesa generously donated $30,000 towards our Aquatic Centre Renovation and Expansion Project.

Wawanesa Cheque Presentation to Aquatic Centre
Pictured from left to right are: Darren Daniels from Central Agencies, Cynthia Hunter from Wawanesa, Aquatic Supervisor Marcia Peek, Recreation Facilities Director Dawn Phillips, and Mayor Norm Mayer.

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.