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May 25

48th Avenue Pedestrian Underpass Update

Posted to 48 Ave Bridge Replacement Project by Melissa Henderson

As you may have noticed, there has been a lot of activity this week. PSA began the excavation across 48 Ave on Tuesday May 22. This was to prepare for the installation of the pedestrian walkway underneath the new road. Wednesday morning (May 23rd) began with the delivery of the first box culvert pieces.

The box culvert installation took place for the rest of the day, and by the end of the day on May 23rd, PSA had installed 13 of the box culverts. As of this morning (May 25th), 17 pieces in total have been installed and an additional 5 pieces have been delivered to the site. In the end, the pedestrian walkway will be made up of 32 of these box culverts. To install all of the pieces, PSA predicts that it would take about three days in total. These three days may not be consecutive, as work will first be done with the back filling and weatherproofing of the current sections. Once this first portion is complete, a ramp will be installed over the box culverts so work can be continued on the east side of the bridge.

By the end of the project, PSA will install handrails along either end of the pedestrian underpass to ensure that trail users along 48 Ave do not accidentally fall down onto the lower trails.

Inside the box culverts, they are about 4 meters wide and 2.5 meters in height. This is over 8 feet of vertical clearance, which is the height of a typical house ceiling. The high clearance is to accommodate bike riders, as to not need to crouch down inside the tunnel. The 4 meter wide path is about one meter wider than the average trail in Camrose. This extra width is to allow for pedestrians to comfortably pass each other.

The slanted ends of the underpass are designed to let in as much natural light as possible into the walkway. Additionally, there will be a total of 16 LED lights installed, with 8 on either edge along its length.

The City would again, like to thank citizens for their patience and cooperation during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Department at 780-672-4428 or at engineer@camrose.ca.

excavation for pedestrian underpass
May 22 – PSA has started excavation across 48 Ave for the future pedestrian underpass.

box culvert delivery
May 23 – Delivery of concrete box culverts to site.

installation of first 2 pieces
May 23 – Installation of the first two concrete pieces at the north end of the pedestrian underpass. Note that the contractor is using a winch system to ensure that the concrete pieces are installed snugly together.

moving the rectangular piece
May 23 – PSA moving the first rectangular piece of the pedestrian underpass into place.

Installation of 9 box culvert pieces
May 23 (near the end of the day) – PSA has completed installation of the first 9 rectangular box pieces, in addition to the end pieces on the north end of the structure. PSA to continue excavation of soil material and the installation of the box culvert pieces in the days to follow.

May 23

Aquatic Centre Renovation has been Approved!

Posted to Aquatic Centre Renos by Website Administrator

We are excited to announce that the 2018 / 2019 Camrose Aquatic Centre Revitalization Plan has been approved!

With a total budget of $17,233,000, the plan includes the following:
  • An addition to the existing aquatic centre to the west.
  • An eight lane 25 m training / fitness pool with a depth of 1.2 m at the shallow end and 3 m at the deep end. This will include competitive diving blocks with sliding rails, a recreational diving board, integrated steps for easy access, and anchors for future play features. This pool will be kept slightly cooler, at around 28 to 28.5 degrees Celsius, compared to the existing pool, which is kept between 29 to 29.5 degrees Celsius.
  • A shallow pool at approximately 1 m deep that will be kept around 31 to 32 degrees Celsius and with easy access entry for water therapy and education.
  • A lazy river also kept at approximately 31 to 32 degrees Celsius.
  • A tots shallow play area with play and splash features that will also be kept at 31 to 32 degrees Celsius.
  • A new water slide that exits into a trough for fun and safe use.
  • An accessible in ground hot tub.
  • Upgrades to the existing change room facilities, including a major expansion to the Family change room. This will provide additional changing space during peak hours as well.
  • Renovations to the front lobby area to provide easier access to the front counter.
  • New heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
  • New pool filtration and water treatment systems for all the pools.
  • A steam room.
  • Upgraded fire and security alarm systems.
  • General cosmetic upgrades to the existing lobby and hall areas.
  • A new splash park on the South side of the new addition.

Construction will begin (as soon as permits are approved) with exterior work on the west side of the building during the summer of 2018 while the existing pool remains open to the public. Then in early fall of 2018 the entire facility will be closed for approximately 14 months while the remaining construction takes place.
With this approval, we will be exploring fundraising and grant options to help offset the costs if feasible.

We would like to sincerely thank all the supporters who contributed to the design, from the seniors drop in groups, the swim club, syncro club, triathlon club, Special Olympics, lifesaving group, and all of the public.


Jul 07

Blue Dot Declaration Update Report - December 19, 2016

Posted to Blue Dot Movement by Website Administrator

On October 5th 2015, the City of Camrose approved the “Right to a Healthy Environment” Declaration. Camrose was the first City in Alberta to make such a declaration. The following lists various projects and actions taken by the City of Camrose related to the creation and maintenance of a healthy environment.
  • Energy Conservation – The Encana Arena Solar Power Project involved the installation of a 1,053,000 Watt solar power system, representing the second largest rooftop installation in Canada.
  • Energy Conservation – LED Streetlight Conversion – A contract was signed with Fortis for the replacement of City streetlights in 2017. We expect to replace 2,203 streetlights with low energy, dark-sky friendly LEDs in quarter three of 2017.
  • Water Protection – The Source Water Protection Plan, approved by both the City and the County of Camrose, will help protect the Battle River Watershed.
  • Water Protection – The Waste Water Treatment Project progressed with the selection of an upgrade technology to enhance the performance of our waster water treatment process.
  • Water Conservation – The draft Water Shortage Response Plan was created and circulated with the various stakeholders.
  • Water Conservation – The Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program.
  • Air Quality – The updated Smoking Bylaw prohibits smoking in public parks.
  • Air Quality – The continuation of the Naturalization Program with associated reductions in mowing requirements.
  • Transportation – The Community Bus Pilot Project was initiated including a combination of a fixed route and a group booking service.
  • Transportation – Improved trail system through the approved future installation of the 48th Street Underpass along with progress on the CP Rail Underpass. Once complete, these two projects will allow uninterrupted walkability from the north side to the south side of our beautiful City.
  • Promotion of Healthy Local Foods – Community services has plans for the expansion of the Community Gardens in 2017. This project may include plots in other areas of the City.
  • Reduced Solid Waste – Implementation of the new composting totes.
  • Reduced Chemical Use / Recycling – The millings produced from the various road overlay projects were repurposed to replace frequently used gravel roads with basic paved roads. This reduces the amount of maintenance required and eliminates the need for dust control chemical on those sections of road.
  • Increased Density – The approval of the updated Land Use Bylaw with related housing density provisions. These included reduced parking stall requirements and supports mixed use zoning.