Main Street construction final phase begins soon

Starting July 9 (about mid-morning) construction crews will be temporarily closing Main Street

Lacombe Express File Photo

The downtown business community and area residents are advised of the upcoming schedules for the final asphalt and permanent road markings on Main Street.

“The City’s goal to limit disruptions in the downtown area to as short of a timeframe as we can while maintaining quality and safety requirements,” said Director of Planning and Operations Jordan Thompson.

Starting Monday, July 9 (about mid-morning) construction crews will be temporarily closing Main Street and 49C Avenue to motor vehicle traffic between 53 Street and Highway 2A. This will allow multiple crews to have full access to the work zone at all times so they can work concurrently.

This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of day on July 18.

Sidewalks will remain open and pedestrian access to businesses will not be affected. However, be advised that an early step in the paving process is the application of what is known as a tack coat on the current asphalt surface, which will remain in place for two days prior to paving.

The tack coat will help bind the current asphalt surface to the new asphalt. It is black, very sticky and may be tracked off the road onto the sidewalk and potentially inside businesses by pedestrians or unsuspecting staff. Crews will be laying road fabric and pylons at intersections to provide pedestrians with a means of navigating downtown without stepping on the tack coat. Pedestrians are encouraged to use these crossings.

The general sequence of construction activities will be as follows:

  • July 9: Road Closure and street sweeping
  • July 10: Tack Coat
  • July 11: Tack Coat and patching in front of Healthfitters
  • July 12-13: Paving
  • July 14-18: Permanent line markings
  • July 18: Road Open
  • July 20-27: Concrete repairs in front of Healthfitters
  • August: Installation of planter hangers on street poles and correction of any remaining to 27 minor deficiencies.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let us know at (403)782-1268 or downtown2017@lacombe.ca. We want the opportunity to address any issues right away.

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

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