The City of Lloydminster is rolling out its annual street improvement plan, and five locations around the city have been marked this year for improvement.
Beginning earlier this week, constructions crews were on hand to begin work on 36 Street and 65 Avenue intersection.
The city’s general manger of engineering services Don Stang said that the locations were chosen after consultations with other city staff.
“It’s an annual program that happens every year,” he said. “We pick locations that are in need of repairs and those locations are based on input from public works, engineering review, as well public inquiries and complaints.
“It’s a program that has been ongoing and priorities have been set and it’s basically built around a yearly budget.”
This year’s street improvement, like in years past, is based on the budget that the city gives to the program, Stang said.
“We look at all the priorities that have been brought forth, from general inquires and public works. We prioritize the ones that are in the biggest need for repair and we build the program around that,” he said. “Once the program is built, we tender that out and depending on how it comes in, over and under budget, we then tweak the program from there.”
Stang said that this year’s project came in under budget.
Locations that will be receiving improvement this year also include 47 Avenue from 47 Street to 50 Street, 50 Avenue service road from 60 Street to 62 Street, 63 Avenue south of 52 Street to 55 Street, and the 48 Street and 51 Avenue intersection.
The delay in starting the program was due to the construction company’s availability that won the contract back in June, Stang said.
“So, the project was tendered back in June, with council awarding it back on June 23,” said Stang. “The reason we are beginning it now rather than then is because of scheduling with the contractor and getting everything in place.”
Stang said that it would have been desirable to have started the program earlier, but in this case in the terms of this construction year this is when the contractor could fit it in.
“Historically, we know that we have until the end of September, we have that in place as the end of the construction season,” he said. “We have at times worked into November, but we usually have used the end of September as a guideline for the construction season.
“The contractor has committed to get the work down by the end of September. We are confident that he has the ability to get the work done prior to construction season, but you never know,” Stang said. He added that a completion date will be based on how well the weather cooperates.
Stang admits that the closures on some of the roads will effect some of the local businesses, but he isn’t expecting much of a problem for businesses in those areas.
“There will be work being done directly in front of their businesses, for sure there will be some business effected. We do our best to make sure that the businesses are notified, and work with those businesses to come up with a solutions that will benefit both the city and their business.”
Stang wanted to note to drivers who take the areas that will be seeing improvements done over the next month that signs will be posted clearly marking the detour routes that drivers will be able to take to get around the construction.
He asks drivers to slow down to ensure the safety of not only the construction crews, but drivers as well.
For up to date information on when each intersection will be closed, Stang said information will be provided on the city’s website, and the city’s social media avenues, including Facebook and Twitter.