Construction season kicks off in county

There is approximately $34-milllion worth of construction projects planned for this year's construction season, according to the county. Photo Supplied

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With summer just around the corner, construction season is now in full swing in Strathcona County.

There is approximately $34-milllion worth of construction projects planned, according to the county.

There are dozens of construction projects that will be happening throughout the county this construction season. These projects include larger-scale projects such as Wye Road and Sherwood Drive,” said David Churchill, director, transportation and agriculture services. “There are also several annual maintenance programs, such as residential road rehabilitation, rural road rehabilitation, gravel road maintenance, arterial road rehabilitation and other construction programs.”

Construction crews will be providing improvements on a number of arterial roads this year, including portions of Baseline Road, Broadmoor Boulevard, Athabascan Avenue and Sherwood Drive.

“There are also several neighbourhoods that will have improvements made to sidewalks and roadways under the residential road rehabilitation program,” explained Kevin Cole, director, transportation planning and engineering.

There are also several rural road improvements scheduled this season, including upgrades on Township Road 550, from Range Road 220 to Hwy 830, on Township Road 510, from Range Road 210 to Range Road 214 and on Range Road 220 from Highway 16 to Township Road 534 and from Wye Road to Half Moon Lake.

Residents interested in learning where all the different construction projects can find all locations on the county works interactive map.

There are also 39 kilometres of gravel roads that are scheduled for maintenance this summer, according to the county.

“Milling and paving operations are completed at night, and will include directional closures, or multiple lane closures with major delays,” Cole said. “These night-time operations with greater impacts typically only take five days to complete.”

With the work scheduled for areas across the county, you may want to prepare for some delays throughout the summer.

“Motorists can expect some delays while arterial road improvements are underway,” Cole explained. “During daytime operations, there will be lane closures, speed reductions, and uneven or rough pavement surfaces.”

Cole noted drivers need to be patient and slow down in all construction zones. Reduced speed limits are in effect even when workers are not present, as hazards still exist.

You can find more information about the projects and the interactive CountyWorks map at strathcona.ca/transportation-roads/construction/countyworks/.

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