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The Eastbound Bridge is near full completion and the Twinning Project is estimated to be completed September 2017.
This bridge will also result in new infrastructure meeting current City of Grande Prairie standards. The 68 Avenue Twinning Concept can be viewed here.
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.
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.
To accommodate this traffic change, vehicle traffic will travel on the new 68 Avenue Bridge. As traffic is rerouted to use this side, crews begin work on the other side of the bridge. The public is reminded that while the majority of the bridge work is completed, the pedestrian bridge is not open for use.
At this time, the pedestrian trail under the 68 Avenue Bridge remains closed to the public. All pedestrian detours are signed throughout the area.
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.
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