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May 18

48th Avenue Bridge Update

Posted to 48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project by Melissa Henderson

Another on-site meeting was held between representatives from the PSA, the City, and AMEC Foster Wheeler on May 17, 2018. PSA provided another update on the progress of the bridge construction.

PSA reiterated that they were happy with the system in place for traffic accommodation, and had no safety issues or concerns to report. After hearing this, and inspecting the site, the City is happy with how things are moving forward in a safe manner.

Similarly, the City is quite pleased with the manner in which environmental health and protection is being handled. In order to construct the back wall of the bridge, trenches had to be dug along the edge of the lake. To keep the work area dry, water from the lake had to be constantly pumped out of the trench. The water that is removed from the trenches is full on soil particles and debris, and would cause harm to the environment if allowed to be dumped directly back into the lake. Along with the yellow sediment curtains in place, PSA has also set up small on site ponds that will allow for the water to be filtered as it naturally feeds back into the environment.

On the east side of the soon-to-be bridge, the construction of the backwall is about 65% complete. Within the next two weeks, one of the three track hoes will be moved to the west side to continue making progress with that portion. Throughout this, PSA continues to remove asphalt and debris to make room for the new roadway.

PSA has a lot planned for the next two weeks. Starting next week, the box culverts for the pedestrian walkway will be delivered and begin to be installed. The plan is the start on the north side of the roadway and work to the south. As mentioned before, work with the track hoes will be continued on the west side. As well, initial planning has begun for the relocation of the signal lights.

Overall, the City is quite pleased with the progress being made. Current predictions of the project’s completion place it in early September. PSA is working hard to get the project back on schedule.

The City would again, like to thank citizens for their patience and cooperation during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Department at 780-672-4428 or at engineer@camrose.ca.

Pumping of Water
Water from the trench is pumped into a temporary holding pond within the construction area, where it is filtered to remove sediments before being released to Mirror Lake.


Trackhoe transferring backfill
Trackhoe in foreground transferring backfill material into the trench on the east side of the east pilings and backwall. Trackhoes in background working on removal of asphalt and concrete from former portion of 48 Avenue.


PSA compacting backfill
PSA compacting new backfill material behind the steel backwalls. The worker in the trench is standing roughly in the middle of the future roadway, but is still a few metres below the elevation of the new roadway. PSA equipment is standing by to place more backfill material into the trench. At the time that this photo was taken, two of the three sections of backwall had been placed in the trench. The top section will be installed just before the bridge girders are placed.


AMEC inspecting the steel backwalls
Inspectors from the City’s project engineer (AMEC Foster Wheeler) are inspecting a section of the recently installed steel backwalls. These corrugated steel sheets are installed on the outside of the abutment pilings, and will be used to prevent soil from under the future roadway from falling into Mirror Lake.


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.