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What is the project about?

When is it happening?

Where is it happening?

Will downtown businesses remain open?

What traffic disruptions can the public expect?

Where can I park or walk downtown?

Why are the sidewalks that were newly installed along 101 St. between 99 Ave. and 100 Ave. being ripped up again this year?

Why are the new sidewalks so wide?

Why is this project important?

What changes are being made?

What has been completed so far?

How was the community engaged in the planning of this project?

How is the project being funded?

Who can I contact for more information and regular project updates?

What is the project about?  

The Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes Project is a multi-phase initiative designed to enhance the downtown core by updating aging underground and above-ground infrastructure and creating a more modern and vibrant neighbourhood.


The project is a response to existing and future growth in the city as well as citizen demand for an updated downtown area that is more reflective of our community and culture. The underground work opens up the possibility for higher-density development in the future, and the new streetscapes will provide a modern, urban feel to the downtown core. 

When is it happening?

Construction of Phase 1 began in late July 2016. Phase 2 construction began in May 2017. Completion of Phase 1 and of Phase 2 are scheduled for fall 2017. 

Where is it happening?

  • Phase 1 (2016/2017): North of CN rail tracks on 101 St. to north of 102 Ave.
  • Phase 2 (2017): 101 Ave. from the Golden Age Centre to 100 St.
  • Phase 3 (date TBA, currently in design): 100 Ave. from 102 St. to 100 St.
  • Phase 4 (date TBA, currently in design): 100 Ave. from 100 St. to 98 St.

Will downtown businesses remain open?

All downtown businesses remain open throughout the project. The City encourages all residents and visitors to continue to shop, eat and play downtown to support local vendors. 


Alternative vehicle and pedestrian access to businesses is being facilitated by a combination of detours, protected sidewalks and rear entrances. 


The contractor is working individually with each business to coordinate access plans based on the construction schedule and business needs.

What traffic disruptions can the public expect?

Efforts are being made to minimize traffic disruptions as much as possible, but they are expected to occur at various points during the project. To stay up-to-date on traffic notifications, sign up for the Weekly Update.

Where can I park or walk downtown?

Parking restrictions are expected to change throughout construction and will be communicated accordingly as the project progresses. Watch for potential pedestrian and vehicle detours around the construction site and obey re-routing signs and flaggers. 

All downtown businesses will remain accessible to pedestrians, but may require alternative access points or temporary sidewalks.

Why are the sidewalks that were newly installed along 101 St. between 99 Ave. and 100 Ave. being ripped up again this year?

Last year, inclement weather caused construction to wrap before the final sidewalk finishing could be installed. To ensure businesses and pedestrians could maintain safe and accessible walkways, the contractor installed a temporary concrete sidewalk over the winter. The temporary sidewalk is now being replaced with the final product this year. 

Why are the new sidewalks so wide? 

The new sidewalks are designed to enhance the pedestrian experience and increase safety and walkability in the area. These factors were two of the major urban design recommendations provided from Council and residents. Based off of the Complete Streets Model of Canada, the new design works to accommodate users of all abilities and modes of transportation. The new bump-outs at the intersections increase safety by reducing crossing distance, creating higher visibility and increasing sight lines for vehicles.

Why is this project important?

The Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes Project is significant in terms of cost and impact. It means a major improvement to one of the oldest and most important areas of town. This project will upgrade large sections of outdated infrastructure, (sewer, water and storm lines), which are currently in poor condition or beyond their serviceable life. Above ground improvements and streetscapes are also planned. All of these elements are designed to make the downtown more urban, modern, unique, attractive, walkable, cultural and active.

The goal of the project is to revitalize the downtown into a vibrant core that reflects the culture of Grande Prairie, while supporting growth, promoting higher-density development, facilitating year-round activity and fostering civic pride.

What changes are being made? 

Underground: New and oversized water and sanitary lines as well as new storm sewer infrastructure

Aboveground: Improved roadways and sidewalks, trees, lighting, benches, and other attractive features

What has been completed so far?

As of November 2016, the following has been completed:

  • Installation of new sanitary, storm and water infrastructure along 101 St. from north of the CN Rail tracks to north of 100 Ave. and east/west lateral tie-ins at the intersections of 99 and 100 Ave.
  • Replacement of waterline looping connection to Revolution Place
  • Surface work consisting of roadways, curb and gutter and sidewalk installations along 101 St. from north of the CN Rail tracks to north of 100 Ave. (Due to the early snowfall and colder temperatures, sidewalk surfaces installed along 101 St. between 99 and 100 Ave. are temporary and will be replaced with the final product next spring)

How was the community engaged in the planning of this project?

The City of Grande Prairie has been dedicated to including citizen input in the planning process of the Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes Project. A survey was issued to residents in 2015 as part of the Planning Study which forms the basis of this project. Two open houses were held in early 2016 for residents and business owners to ask questions and provide feedback. 


The top priorities residents identified as part of the planning stage are safety, convenience and walkability of downtown. Key themes for the area were identified as commercial businesses, urban design and transportation. A shared festival streetscape option was voted as most popular (101 Ave.).


An information session on the 2017 construction season took place in March. Open houses to engage public feedback on the design phase of Phase 3 and 4 are to be scheduled throughout the year. 


The City is working directly with the DownTown Association and City representatives meet routinely with businesses located downtown to discuss the project. 

How is the project being funded?

This project is largely made possible through $20 million in Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding. Aquatera Utilities Inc. is also investing in sewer and water system upgrades and replacements. 

A tender for construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 was awarded to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers. The tender for the project was approved on June 11, 2016 by City Council at a cost of $18,225,030. 86.

Who can I contact for more information and regular project updates?

To stay up-to-date on the Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes Project, visit cityofgp.com/ourdowntown and sign up for our Weekly Updates. You can also follow the City of Grande Prairie on Facebook and Twitter.

For questions on the project, please contact 780-538-0417 or ourdowntown@cityofgp.com.


Last updated: 5/15/2017 10:00:22 AM