City awards transportation and sewage contracts

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March 12, 2015 8:15 AM

The College Drive Widening Design Project will expand the roads to four lanes frmo south of the intersection of 36 Street and 59 Avenue to west of the intersection of 25 Street and 53 Avenue - Alex Chippin Photo

Lloydminster city council doled out nearly $1 million in infrastructure contracts at its March 9 meeting.

Council approved awarding the 2015 Transit Master Plan to ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. for $411,372, the College Drive Widening project was awarded to Stantec Consulting Ltd. for $285,259 and the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan went to AECOM Canada Ltd. for $237,904. These figures do not include GST.

These projects, entering the planning and design stage, are expected to be completed near the end of the year, after which point the construction phase will be considered.

Aside from studying and reviewing the current transportation system, the Transportation Master Plan includes gathering collision data, looking at alternate modes of transportation and defining truck routes.

“Municipalities get data from the RCMP regarding collisions,” said planning and engineering general manager Niki Burkinshaw. “So when we compile that information and are able to look at it if there are intersections that have recurring issues then we can go to that next step, whether it be a safety analysis or just looking at the intersection, seeing what can be done to mitigate those instances,”

Burkinshaw says the city also wants to make alternatives available for people who do not drive an automobile.

“Not everyone owns a vehicle, not everyone wants to drive a vehicle to work,” she said. “We do have a number of multi-use trails, sidewalks. We also have some missing connections. Part of this year’s capital work, we are going to look at trying to link up some of those missing areas to improve things ... and move forward in the right direction.”

The College Drive widening project will expand the heavily travelled road to four lanes in an effort to ease congestion. Also up for consideration is building a roundabout at the intersection of 25 Street and 59 Avenue, as opposed to a conventional intersection. While there are some single-lane roundabouts in residential areas, this would be the city’s first multi-lane model.

See “Infrastructure,” Page 4

If the roundabout was to become a reality, Burkinshaw says a public education campaign would be considered to teach commuters the rules.

“One of the objectives of the Sanitary Sewer Master Plan is to identify upgrades that might be needed in order to reduce sewer surcharge both in existing areas and future areas,” said utilities branch manager Sheena Zimmerman. “Sewer surcharge is essentially when the pipes that were installed are at capacity and may start to overflow or start to back up within the system.”

The projects are expect to start later this month.

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