Road to close for flood protection work
Foothills: 498 Avenue near High River to be raised
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 06:00 am
An important connector road on High River’s north side will be closed this week as work begins on a critical flood protection project for the town.
Work is slated to begin on April 3 to raise 498 Avenue by as much as three meters to prevent a repeat of last year’s flooding on the town’s east side that left behind a massive lake.
Jeff Edgington, MD of Foothills Supervisor of Infrastructure, Public Works, said engineers from both the MD and the Town of High River determined how high the road would need to be to protect against similar floods in the future, then they added another meter in elevation just to be safe.
“It varies over the span of the distance, but the highest grade will be about three meters,” he said.
The road will be closed from 5 Street East to the interchange at Highway 2. However, it will remain open Highway 2A and 5 Street east and 112 Street, which extends north from the Hamptons area in High River will also remain open.
The road will be closed for between six to eight weeks to complete the work.
Edgington said they will be building on top of the existing road structure. He said it appears the contractor for the project will be able to meet the May 15 deadline for the work.
High River’s east side was one of the hardest hit areas of the town last year after floodwaters poured into a field north of town and flowed across 498 Avenue into the Hamptons and Sunshine areas. The water filled the low-lying Sunshine and Hamptons areas forming a lake that took weeks to drain.