PSA (the contractor) anticipates that it will take one to two days to set up all of the necessary detour route signage. Rather than mobilizing to Camrose on Monday, March 19th, PSA will now be mobilizing to site two days later (Wednesday, March 21st) to start setting up signage for the various detour routes. All signage should be in place before the end of the week (Friday, March 23rd), although the road closures for 48 Avenue will not start until Monday, March 26th.
At the same time, City crews will be working to install additional signs for the parking restrictions along 50 Street (between 48 Avenue and 47 Avenue, southbound lanes only), as well as along 47 Avenue (between 53 Street and 50 Street, south side of the street only). City crews will also be installing new 4-way stop signs at the intersections of 53 Street & 47 Avenue, as well as at 50 Street and 47 Avenue. These new signs should also be in place prior to the end of next week (Friday, March 23rd). These new signs will remain in place over that weekend (March 24th to March 25th) to allow drivers to adjust to the new conditions, prior to the 48 Avenue closures being imposed on Monday, March 26th. The exact time when the road closure will begin on 48 Avenue is not known, although the closure will like start in mid-morning (approximately 10am). The road closure and detours will be in place until the end of the project in late August 2018.
With the closure of 48 Avenue between mid-March and late-August, all vehicular and pedestrian traffic will need to find alternate routes around the area. Vehicular traffic will be generally directed to other major roadways within the City. Lower volume roadways throughout the City are also expected to see an increase in traffic during the period when 48 Avenue is closed, with those local roadways that are located closer to the closure being expected to see a greater increase in traffic. Non-local traffic will be largely directed to use 68 Street and Camrose Drive, although some non-local traffic is likely to use the remaining routes through the City.
Pedestrians are asked to completely avoid the area. If you are needing to walk between downtown and the areas to the west, please use either the remaining walking bridge across Mirror Lake (between 48A Avenue and the Bill Fowler Centre, northwest of the construction area) or the sidewalks along 47 Avenue (south of the construction area). Pedestrians needing to cross 48 Avenue are encouraged to use either the crossing at the 56 Street flashing lights, or the crossing at the 50 Street signals. Crossing at 53 Street or at 51 Street will likely be banned for some or all of the period during construction.
The City, PSA and AMEC will be monitoring traffic very closely during the first few days and weeks after the 48 Avenue road closure is in place. This monitoring will happen throughout the City, and particularly along the key bypass routes and at key intersections. As the public adjusts their driving habits around the 48 Avenue closure, the City will work with PSA and AMEC to determine if any further changes are needed to the City’s traffic network (i.e. additional parking restrictions, 4-way stops, changes to signals, etc.). After observing conditions for ~2 weeks, the City may make additional changes to improve safety and/or traffic flow throughout the City.
The City and PSA would like to thank you ahead of time for your understanding and patience during this process. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to direct them to the Engineering department at 780-672-4428 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refer to the following maps for the recommended detour routes around the construction site. (Click on the graphic for a larger version of the map.)
Pedestrians are encouraged to use the walking bridge across Mirror Lake (northwest of the construction area) or the sidewalks along 47 Avenue (south of the construction area). To cross 48 Avenue, please use the existing flashers located at 56 Street, or the existing signals at 50 Street.