Boulder Blvd. receives major upgrades
A busy street in a commercial district in Stony Plain will receive a substantial make-over this year, much to the delight of business-owners, their employees and customers and residents.
Boulder Blvd. is the primary route through the North Business Park, which is located just north of Hwy 16A and home to many of the major commercial and industrial businesses in town. Repairs to the crumbling infrastructure – on the surface and below the street – are long overdue.
“It is very important that we maintain our infrastructure to the high standards that our residents and businesses expect and deserve,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “With a new-and-improved thoroughfare through this area, we can maintain a high level of service to our community and nurture commercial growth in Stony Plain. The North Business Park is very important to the economic health of our community, and we look forward to the completion of this project.”
Council approved $4 million for the Boulder Blvd. Reconstruction Project – from Wood Ave. to 35 St. – in the 2012 Capital Budget; the amount was determined by preliminary investigations of the site. However, during the detailed design phase when preparing the site for the project, engineers discovered that underground infrastructure conditions were in much worse shape than anticipated. Consequently, the scope of the project had to be expanded in order to complete the project as planned.
In May, Council approved an increase of approximately $3 million to the budget, in order to cover the costs of the required work. Construction commenced on June 4 and will continue throughout the summer.
Upon excavation, ground water, which was found at 1.2 meters, was flowing into the trench. This necessitated a further geotechnical site evaluation and a redesign. A weeping tile drain was installed along the exposed pipe zone to control this ground water and to stabilize the road sub-grade. This slowed progress by nearly three weeks, but businesses were notified about the reasons for the delay and kept informed on the status of the project. Repairs of other sewer lines and installation of catch-basins continued during this time.
Excavation at the east end of the project, adjacent to Kal-Tire and Motel 6, involves repairs to the existing storm sewer. While progress was slowed down by deficient sub-surface water conditions, work is now well underway.
Summer storms have also impacted the project; rains have the potential to wreak havoc on sub-surface conditions, resulting in additional work and planning.
The project, which will be performed by Border Paving, Ltd., involves several enhancements, including:
- extension of the existing storm sewer;
- repair of existing underground utilities, including storm and sanitary sewer;
- installation of asphalt trail along the north and east side of the street (from Wood Ave. to 35 St.), which will connect to the Town’s existing trail network;
- installation of new commercial accesses, where required;
- reconstruction of portions of the roadway, including curb and gutter;
- resurfacing of roadway with asphaltic concrete; and
- restoration of landscaping conditions.
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Despite some setbacks, the Boulder Blvd. Reconstruction Project is moving forward. The anticipated completion date is Sept. 30, weather-permitting. Access to Boulder Boulevard and area businesses will be maintained at all times. In case of access closure, the contractor will provide alternate access. Advance notice will be provided to affected businesses, prior to any access closures. While the Town and the contractors performing the work endeavour to minimize any inconveniences that may arise as a result of the construction, they ask for the public’s understanding throughout the project.
Costs for the $6,999,403.11 project, which include the contract with Border Paving, Ltd. ($5,875,130.10, excluding GST), a 10 per cent contingency and professional engineering fees, will be sourced as follows:
- $3,078,401 – Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI): The MSI is the Province of Alberta’s commitment to provide significant long-term funding to enhance municipal sustainability and to enable municipalities to meet the demands of growth. Municipalities determine projects and activities to be funded by MSI based on local priorities within the general criteria set out in the program guidelines and are encouraged to take a long-term approach to planning for capital projects (Source: municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/msi.cfm).
- $839,000 – Federal Gas Tax Fund (FGTF): The FGTF grant program assists municipalities in addressing their sustainable municipal capital infrastructure needs. The program is supported through the allocation to Alberta Municipalities of a portion of the federal gasoline tax (Source: transportation.alberta.ca/2709.htm).
- $1,324,716 – Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG): provides annual allocation-based financial assistance to municipalities for the development and implementation of a safe, effective, and integrated roadway network and transportation system within their jurisdiction (Source: transportation.alberta.ca/4494.htm).
- $364,488 – Alberta Municipal Infrastructure Program (AMIP): provides financial assistance to municipalities to develop capital municipal infrastructure to maintain or enhance economic, social and cultural opportunity and well-being, while protecting and improving the quality of our environment (Source: transportation.alberta.ca/534.htm).
- $128,000 - Town Road Reserve
- $285,000 - Town Water Reserve
- $750,000 - Town Sewer Reserve
- $229,438 - Town General Purpose Reserve
For more information, call 780.963.2151.