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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Construction update on projects underway throughout Whitecourt

Crews have been out in force over the last couple of weeks, and local road and infrastructure projects are progressing.  Here’s an update on projects underway.

Closure of 42 Avenue on Wednesday, July 11:
To accommodate maintenance work at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre, 42 Avenue northbound will be closed between Highway 43 and Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday, July 11 between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  The southbound lane on 42 Avenue to Sunset Boulevard will remain open to traffic. 

Street Improvement Program:
Base preparations for all 2018 Street improvement Program locations are complete, and paving will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, July 11.   Work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.    Projects include rehabilitation of roadways, the extension and rehabilitation of the paved trail network, utility cut restoration and the Residential Driveway Replacement Program.  Knelsen Rock Products Ltd. will be completing the projects, and areas to be paved include:

  • 55 Avenue from 47 Street to Stephens Crescent;

  • 48A Street from 53 Avenue to 47 Street;

  • Graham Road from 47 Street to Wedow Drive;

  • Wedow Drive cul de sac and Pritchard Drive connector;

  • Kepler Street – north parking lane from 41 Street to east of 37 Avenue (east side of Dahl Drive);

  • Miscellaneous patching work along Dahl Drive;

  • Pot hole patching south of the Highway 43 and Govenlock Road intersection.

It is anticipated that paving will take a week to complete, weather permitting.  Residents should be aware there may be travel delays in the areas listed above, and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible. Roads will remain open to traffic, and motorists are asked to obey all posted speed limits, and parking restrictions.

Slide repair on the hillside along Highway 43 – Closure of Hillside Trail until July 19:
Kana Oilfield Services has been hired by Alberta Transportation to repair areas along the hillside of the south side of Highway 43 between 51 Street and Hospital Road.  Work is progressing, however in order to complete the repairs, a portion of Hillside Trail between Memorial Point and 51 Street will be closed until July 19.   Signage and barricades have been placed along the trail.  Questions related to this project can be made to Irvin Fry, Site Supervisor, at 587-336-7073.

Road Crack Sealing:
Whitecourt Infrastructure Services crews are completing crack sealing work on roads in the valley today, and will begin work in the hilltop area on July 6.

Pot Hole Patching:
As is typically the case, Whitecourt experienced temperature swings throughout the winter and spring season, which has created ideal conditions for the development of pot holes.  Town of Whitecourt crews continue to patch pot holes throughout town.

Whitecourt Wide Area Network:
Installation and commissioning of fiber optic communication cable segments to connect several public facilities to Alberta SuperNet will begin soon.  Timelines for the project are as follows (weather depending):

  • July 15 to 20: Hilltop East Industrial Area – along 35 Street (from 35 Avenue to 37 Avenue) and along the north-east end of 37 Avenue

  • July 20 to 27: 37 Avenue – from approximately 37 Street to Highway 43

  • July 27 to August 7: Along the boulevard of Highway 43 (between the highway and Caxton Street) from 37 Avenue west to the Allan & Jean Millar Centre

Notices to businesses along the route will be provided by the contractor prior to construction starting.  

FortisAlberta Downtown Pole Replacement:
As part of Whitecourt’s Vitalization Plan, wood streetlight poles will be replaced with decorative Domus light fixtures throughout the downtown core.  

  • Streetlight bases and lights will be installed along 52 Avenue starting July 10 through to July 27. 52 Avenue, from 52 Street through to 50 Street (west of the Fire Hall, east to the United Church), will be impacted by the work. Crews will be temporarily closing and blocking sections of the sidewalk and parking areas along 52 Avenue as work progresses. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes when possible.

Highway 43 and Highway 32 Paving Projects:
Alberta Transportation has started construction work along Highway 43 between Highway 32 South junction and Highway 32 North junction. Both paving projects, which are managed by Alberta Transportation, are scheduled for completion July 15.  Further details can be found on https://511.alberta.ca/.

The Town of Whitecourt appreciates your understanding and patience throughout the  summer construction season.   Regular updates on construction projects will be posted online at www.whitecourt.ca and on the Town’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TownofWhitecourt.

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