Construction along Centre Avenue nearing completion
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 06:00 am
After three months of work replacing water lines under Centre Avenue in Okotoks, the project is entering its final stages.
The $2.96 million project involved replacing an existing 40-year-old water line under the road. The installation of new water infrastructure is nearly complete and crews are now rebuilding and paving Centre Avenue.
Dan Kutzner, an engineer with the Town of Okotoks, said the project should be completed in the next few weeks, but it all depends on weather.
“I think we’re ahead of schedule,” he said. “They were doing well with the underground (utilities), they were quite speedy with the underground and now the rain every second day has thrown the surface work for a loop.”
Work began at the beginning of May as crews started at the south end of Centre Avenue near the rail tracks and moved north.
The road is now open up the hill to Mountain Street and remains closed the rest of the way to Milligan Drive.
A detour route around the work has changed from Crescent Road near Okotoks Junior High School to the area around the Okotoks Recreation Centre.
“Vehicles are able to use Centre Avenue up to Mountain Street and detour around to Clark Avenue and Okotoks Drive,” said Kutzner.
In addition to a new water line, the Town added a second new water line between Daggett Street and Mountain Street, which feeds into a water reservoir near Ecole Percy Pegler School. It provides a second line to augment an existing, older line feeding the reservoir.
The project also involved installing two pressure reducing valves, which are used to control water pressure in the pipe. One was installed at the base of the hill on Centre Avenue and one at the intersection with Milligan Drive.
The project is an extension of work the Town has done in recent years to replace water and sewer infrastructure in the Ardiel area and under Lock Crescent in recent years.
“It all kind of ties in, it’s all the same age-related materials that needs replacing, plus it will improve water flows,” said Kutzner.