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Construction of 68th Avenue Twinning and Eastbound Bridge 

What is the timeline for completion?New Bridge

The Eastbound Bridge is near full completion and the Twinning Project is estimated to be completed September 2017.

What  is the cost for this project? 

The anticipated cost of the bridge portion of the 68 Avenue Twinning Project is 6.9 million dollars.

How does this project benefit the City? 

Once completed, the new bridge with provision for multi-use pedestrian pathway/sidewalk along with the twinning of 68 Avenue will serve the eastbound traffic. Economic growth, reduced traffic delays, relief to traffic congestion and reduced transportation costs, are few of the benefits to accrue the City.

This bridge will also result in new infrastructure meeting current City of Grande Prairie standards. The 68 Avenue Twinning Concept can be viewed here.

How did this project come about?

With the continuing growth of the City of Grande Prairie and rapidly growing communities and other infrastructure developments along the 68 Avenue corridor, recognizing the pressures that this growth places on existing facilities the City undertook to insure the twinning of the 68 Avenue along with the construction of the new bridge to meet the demands of the increased traffic volume and insure that the infrastructure meets the servicing standards of the City of Grande Prairie.

The need for the new bridge and the 68 Avenue twinning was identified in the 2009 Transportation Master Plan and 2000 68th Avenue Functional Planning Study.

Project status and phasing information.

The final phases of the 68 Avenue Twinning and Eastbound Bridge Projects began in spring 2017. This project is designed to meet the demands of the increased traffic volume and insure that the infrastructure meets the servicing standards of the City of Grande Prairie. As part of the project’s completion, the intersection of 100 Street and 68 Avenue is to be lowered to allow for commercial truck heights and for the installation of new storm lines and upgrades to the existing ones. Currently, the project is on Phase 3.

Phase 1 was constructed from the bridge on 68 Avenue up to the intersection on 100 Street. This phase included pouring concrete and a bottom lift of asphalt.

Phase 2 followed along from the intersection at 68 Avenue and 100 Street and went east along 68 Avenue and south along 100 Street. Traffic traveling north and south along 100 Street between 68 and 67 Avenue was shut down during this phase. For access to Country Club areas, detours could be found at 68 Avenue and Poplar Drive or 63 Avenue and Resources Road. This phase included concrete pouring and both bottom and top layers of asphalt. Please note that east and west traffic along 68 Avenue remained open.

Phase 3 takes place along the westbound lane on 68 Avenue. North and south traffic are closed to allow for completion of this phase. Detours can be found at 100 Street and 72 Avenue. Traffic traveling east and west along 68 Avenue is to be maintained during this phase.

At this time, there are no closures along 68 Avenue. The intersection of 100 Street and 68 Avenue re-opened to the public on August 19, 2017. While the roads are fully paved and open to the public, there is still remaining work to be completed. This information can be found in our weekly updates.

Pedestrian Information

Currently, the pedestrian trails are open to the public, with two exceptions.

  1. The pedestrian trail under the 68 Avenue Bridge remains closed to the public. All pedestrian detours are signed throughout the area.
  2. The pedestrian trail along the 68 Avenue Eastbound Bridge remains closed.

These closures and open trails are depicted in the 68 Avenue Pedestrian Map pictured below.To print this map or view a larger version, click here.

Pedestrain Map

The new bridge and road construction projects originally started in spring of 2016. Both projects are expected to be completed latest by fall this year.

To receive the most up-to-date information about the project, visit www.cityofgp.com/engnewsletter and sign up for our project specific weekly newsletter.

Last updated: 9/1/2017 1:31:50 PM