Road crews are putting the finishing touches on major construction projects for 2013, including wrapping up the two-year Jasper Avenue streetscape between 100 Street and 102 Street.
“It’s been a big year for road construction in Edmonton and we are happy that one of our biggest projects, Jasper Avenue, is done on budget and on schedule,” said Barry Belcourt, Branch Manager for Roads Design and Construction.
“We thank local businesses for their patience over the past two years as we have been repairing the LRT station and have worked to improve the look and usability of Jasper Avenue for drivers and pedestrians.”
During construction, access to businesses was maintained and efforts were made to minimize traffic impacts through night closures and staging the work on first the north then the south sides.
Said Belcourt, “at the end of the day, everyone benefits from improved road infrastructure.”
Downtown’s main thoroughfare was reduced to one lane in each direction in spring 2012 for repairs to Central LRT Station and streetscape work on Jasper Avenue. Streetscape work includes the removal of the central planted median, which has been replaced with a five-lane roadway, including turning lanes. Wider pedestrian-friendly sidewalks feature decorative elements like paving stones, benches and new streetlights, which will be installed in spring 2014. Work on the Central LRT Station concourse underground will continue until December.
Overall, 2013 was a big year in construction, with 62 arterial, bridge/interchange and mill/overlay projects, and $265.8 million invested in road infrastructure. Although minor work remains on some road projects into November, most significant project work has wrapped.
Construction by the numbers:
- Major arterial roads: $87.2 million (25 projects)
- Bridges and interchanges: $166.6 million for bridges and interchanges (5 projects)
- Arterial milling and overlay: $12 million (32 projects)
This work does not include Neighbourhood Renewal or neighbourhood “triage” locations, which are ongoing into November.