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The City is rehabilitating the three Groat Road Bridges and Groat Road from 87 Avenue to the North Saskatchewan River. Construction began in 2018 and is expected to be complete in 2020.

Project Update - September 7, 2018

The project team, in collaboration with industry experts, evaluated the length of construction if the bridge is closed entirely, however it was determined that given the scope of work required, the overall construction duration would not be substantially shortened by this option. Maintaining one lane in each direction is a balance between construction duration and river crossing access to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area.

In order to complete rehabilitation on the Groat Road over Victoria Park Road Bridge, traffic on Groat Road northbound must be reduced to a single lane to provide work space for the Contractor. The project team installed a new temporary signal light at the intersection of Groat Road northbound and River Valley westbound to regulate the merging traffic north of the intersection. It is expected that construction on the Groat Road over Victoria Park Road Bridge will be completed by the end of October 2018, at which time the temporary signal at the north end of the bridge, which is causing congestion later in the afternoon, will then be deactivated to resume the free flow of traffic on Groat Road northbound lanes.

All work done to date on the Groat Road river crossing was to move traffic to the east side of the bridge giving the Contractor the west half to work on. A Gantry crane is being installed that will begin removing the existing deck and girders starting in November, once this demolition of the west half is complete new girders will be installed starting in February 2019 which will be followed by pouring of a new deck starting in May 2019. When the west half is complete traffic will be placed on the new side and the entire process will be repeated on the east half of the bridge. Project completion is fall of 2020 and this bridge river crossing will be one lane in each direction for the duration of the project.

Pedestrian and cyclist traffic is currently being accommodated on the east sidewalk of the river bridge. This former shared-use path has been reclassified as a sidewalk through the duration of this construction due to the narrowed travel width. This sidewalk has been signed for cyclists to dismount or continue to travel on the roadway. The project team thanks cyclists for their cooperation in dismounting and sharing this river crossing space with all modes of transportation.

Additionally, the City project team is proactively working with the Contractor to devise an optimum strategy for enhanced snow removal on the river bridge during the winter seasons.

Traffic Pattern Changes Starting May 6, 2018

Construction on Groat Road Bridges and Road Renewal began April 23, 2018. Work is expected to continue until the fall of 2020.

Starting Sunday May 6, at 7am, the first major traffic shift will take effect to accommodate preparation work for the next phase of construction. The following traffic pattern changes will be in effect:

Traffic Shift on the Groat Road over North Saskatchewan Bridge
Vehicular traffic on the Groat Road Bridge will be shifted to the west half of the bridge. This means both northbound and southbound traffic will run on the west half of the bridge. The crossover points will be located at the north and south ends of the bridge. Please note that the available lane width on the bridge will be 3.2m.

Single Lane Closures on the Victoria Park Road Overpass
Traffic on the Victoria Park Overpass will be down to a single lane in each direction to accommodate the bridge deck rehabilitation work.

New Traffic Signal Light at Groat Road Northbound and River Valley Road West
A new traffic signal light will be operational at the above location to control the flow of traffic on River Valley westbound and Groat Road northbound. Motorists should expect additional delays during peak hours.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic
Pedestrian and cyclist traffic will be temporarily moved to the closed northbound traffic lane to allow for the completion of the detour preparation work.

General:
In accordance with the City’s commitment to public safety, the project team will continually review signal timing, turning and merging movements adjacent to the construction zone. Modifications to signal operations and merging ramps will be made as required throughout the duration of construction.

The City will use electronic signs and roadside construction information signs to inform commuters about traffic pattern changes during the various phases of construction, in addition to communicating with the public through the project website, traffic updates and other channels as required. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and follow traffic control devices to safely navigate through the construction zone.

The City of Edmonton thanks commuters for their patience.

Public Information Session - March 2018

The City held a public information session to share project details, and get public feedback. The areas covered included the scope of work, schedule, impacts to the connecting roads and pedestrian access.

Meeting Materials

Display Boards (18MB)

Fact Sheet

Project Update - January 2018

Utility relocations will continue early in 2018. Drivers can expect periodic lane closures and are advised to drive with caution as there will be speed reductions in place. A contractor will be in place in early 2018.

Project Update - November 2017

Utility relocations will continue until 2018. Drivers can expect periodic lane closures and are advised to drive with caution as there will be speed reductions in place. Detailed design is completed and the project is now out to tender. A contractor will be in place in early 2018.

Project Update - September 2017

Utility relocations began September 25 requiring nightly lane closures and the closure of the sidewalk for use as a work zone.

Project Update - August 2017

Utility relocations on the river bridge began in September and continues until February 2018. Drivers can expect intermittent off-peak traffic impacts.

Project Update - May 2017

Pre-construction work along River Valley Road is now completed. Regular traffic flow is back in place.

Public Information Session - November 2016

The City held a public information session to share project details, and get public feedback. The areas covered included the scope of work, schedule, impacts to the connecting roads and pedestrian access.

What We Heard

Meeting Materials

Display Boards

For More Information

Jim Murray

Telephone

780-944-7667

Email Jim.Murray@edmonton.ca

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