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Apr 20

Bridge Piling Installation nearing Completion, Fabrication of Girders and Box Culverts Ongoing

Posted to 48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project by Kirsten Freeborn

Posted on April 20, 2018

 Over the past two weeks, quite a bit of work has been completed on the 48 Avenue Bridge Replacement project, both here in Camrose as well as off-site.

 Starting on April 9th, PSA’s pile driving sub-contractor has now completed installation of the steel pilings on the east side of the new bridge, and is well underway to completing installation of the pilings on the west side.  The locations for each of the 62 steel pilings that were used for this project were precisely surveyed before the start of installation, and were measured multiple times during the installation to ensure that they were driven vertically into the ground.  The pilings used for the east and west bridge abutments were driven approximately 21 metres into the ground so that they could be embedded about 1 metre into the underlying bedrock.  Because of the significant length of the pilings, the pilings were installed in two sections with the top section being welded onto the bottom section before the pile driving operation resumed.  The top of each steel piling was galvanized to prevent long-term corrosion of the steel.

 Once all of the pilings are installed, PSA will begin installation of the abutment cap, which will sit on top of the abutment pilings and upon which the concrete bridge girders will rest.  Over the next two weeks, PSA will begin work on fabricating / installing the back walls and wing walls, which will be installed on the outsides of the bridge pilings (i.e. on the side away from the water) to prevent the future road structure from spilling into the lake at the bridge opening.  PSA will also begin cleaning out the lake bed within the bridge opening (i.e. between the east and west bridge pilings) to remove loose organic material, and installing additional large rocks (rip rap) between the pilings to prevent water flowing under the bridge from damaging the bridge or the roadway.  Work on this component of the project will begin shortly, and will likely continue until early June.

 PSA and AMEC have also advised the City that fabrication of the concrete box culvert pieces is going well, and should be complete by the end of April.  Based on the current construction schedule, these pieces will be delivered to Camrose in mid-May, at which time PSA will begin installation of the pedestrian underpass.  This installation will take about a month to complete, and should be done by mid-June.

 Finally, PSA and AMEC have advised that fabrication of the concrete bridge girders is still on schedule for a tentative completion in early to mid-May.  As these are to be installed in June and early July, fabrication on these pieces will be complete in time for the installation to begin.

Here are a few photos of the recent pile driving operations, as well as the off-site fabrication of concrete box culverts (for the pedestrian underpass) and the bridge girders:

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April 9th – Flags indicating the locations where the pilings are to be installed on the east side of the new bridge

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April 10th – Installation of the bottom sections of the pilings on the east side of the bridge

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April 11th – Placement of the top sections onto the bottom sections of the pilings on the east side of the bridge.  These sections were welded together prior to resuming piling operations.  Note the top portion of the pilings are galvanized (grey in colour) to prevent the steel from corroding over time.

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April 18th – Installation of the pilings is complete on the east side of the new bridge.  The contractor has already installed the bottom piling sections on the west side of the new bridge, and is starting to lift the top sections into place for welding.

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April 10th – A few of the completed concrete box culvert pieces in a storage yard near Red Deer.  The full rectangular pieces will be installed under the new roadway, while the angled piece seen at the right of the photo will be installed near the entrances to the underpass.  Note that the weight of one of the completed box culvert pieces is over 26,000 kilograms (refer to the stamp near the bottom corner of the piece).

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April 9th – Three of the completed concrete bridge girders in a storage yard near Blackfalds.  The steel loops located on the tops of the girders are to allow these heavy girders to be lifted, and will be cut off by PSA once the girders have been placed on the abutment caps.
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April 11th – Fabrication of one of the concrete bridge girders in an indoor facility near Blackfalds.  This photo was taken shortly before concrete was poured into the mold.  Note the steel rebar throughout the girder that will help provide strength to the new bridge girders.  The cylindrical tubes running along the length of the girder help reduce the total weight of the girder.  These have been designed to reduce the overall cost of the girder, without sacrificing the strength of the girder or its future performance.

Mar 26

Project Update - March 26, 2018

Posted to Aquatic Centre Renos by Website Administrator

Clark Builders and BR2 Architecture provided Administration with some proposed phasing options which included cost options for the Aquatic Center Project which were then taken to Council on February 20, 2018.

No concepts or decisions on budget have been made, but currently the options are:

Option 1
  • A full-phased with a minimal shut down
  • Total time of 26 months
  • Approximate cost of $18.1M

Option 2
    A full shut down
  • Total time of 15 months
  • Approximate cost of $16.6M

Option 3
  • A partial shut down
  • Total time of 18 months with a 12 month closure
  • Approximate cost of $16.9M

Click here to watch the interior design rendering video. THIS IS ONLY A PRELIMINARY DESIGN. NO CONCEPTS HAVE BEEN APPROVED.
Jul 07

Blue Dot Declaration Update Report - December 19, 2016

Posted to Blue Dot Movement by Website Administrator

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.