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Downtown Construction Set to Begin on May 14
The replacement and upgrade of underground infrastructure in the downtown core begins on May 14.
Posted Date: 5/8/2018
Grande Prairie, Alberta - The replacement and upgrade of underground infrastructure in the downtown core begins on May 14.

Construction Stages, Timeline and Impact to Commuters

The first stage of construction takes place on 100 Avenue between 101 Street and 102 Street. This area will be closed to vehicle for the duration of construction. A marked detour is available and depicted in the map below.

Motorists travelling through the downtown core are advised to follow detour signs and plan ahead to give themselves extra time in the case of traffic delays.

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Front of building access for pedestrians is expected to be available for the majority of the project, however there may be short periods when pedestrian access to the front of buildings is restricted.

Later this summer, stages of the project will see 100 Avenue between 100 Street and 101 Street, as well as 100 Avenue at the intersection of 102 Avenue closed to vehicle traffic. The construction is anticipated to continue until October 2018.

Purpose of the Project
The downtown rehabilitation and streetscapes project was initiated as response to aging underground infrastructure in the downtown core. Areas of the underground pipe network date back to 1938 and are beyond their serviceable life.

Upon completion, the underground pipe network will be able to facilitate higher-density development, have increased longevity and have a reduced risk for unexpected, urgent, and costly repairs. Underground improvements include the replacement of storm lines and the upsizing and replacement of sanitary and water lines.

Above ground elements aid in making the downtown core a more accessible and enjoyable environment for all road users. These elements include wider sidewalks with an even surface, increased seating, enhanced lighting and improved landscaping.

Focus on Improvement
The Downtown Rehabilitation Project is large, complex and has an immense impact on the Grande Prairie community including commuters, residents, and businesses.

In recognition of this impact and with the desire to better serve the public since the end of construction in 2017, efforts have been made to improve the construction experience for all. These efforts include:

  • Releasing the tender for bid in January to allow for an early start to construction.
  • Improving the construction contract with increased penalties for construction related delays and late completion.
  • Enhancing communications resources.
  • Increasing project staff such as the addition of Monty Haughian, the City’s Representative who focuses on building connections between the City and the impacted community.

More Information
For more information, or to stay up-to-date on the project by signing up for the weekly update, visit cityofgp.com/ourdowntown.