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City council approves funding for 45th St. pedestrian crossing

Administration awarded a contract to IMC Construction Ltd. for $127,600 for the 45th Street Pedestrian Bridge project.

“Council is pleased to see this needed pedestrian infrastructure take shape,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “The City is cognisant of accessibility concerns in Lacombe. This bridge project addresses a current need and is an important initial step in the future expansion of our pedestrian trail and sidewalk network in Lacombe’s southeast area.”

The existing sidewalk on the east side of 45 St. ends just south of Wolf Creek, which requires pedestrians to walk on the road for approximately 25m before connecting to the pedestrian trail on the south side of 46 Ave.

The new pedestrian bridge addresses this issue by allowing pedestrians to cross Wolf Creek on the east side of 45th St.

In 2021, the City identified establishing a safe pedestrian crossing at this location as a priority.

Administration began preparing a Request for Quote in early 2022. During this process, it became apparent that crossing Wolf Creek would require more extensive regulatory and environmental considerations, including:

• Department of Fisheries and Ocean notification

• Transport Canada Notification (required for all water crossings under the Navigable

Waters Act)

• Code of Practice under the Water Act

• A Historical Resource Application

To minimize the extent that these regulatory requirements impact the project, construction must take place above the 1:2 year flood level.

Since there were multiple options with various cost implications, administration elected to release a design‐bid request for proposal (RFP) where the contractor would be responsible for determining the most cost‐effective design option and addressing any regulatory and environmental concerns.

The approved contractor submitted a schedule showing that construction will be completed by the end of September 2023.

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