Edmonton kicks off 2024 construction season

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CaDCR staff writer

The City of Edmonton has launched the 2024 construction season, planning more than 200 public infrastructure projects to build climate resilience and prepare for continuing population growth.

The $7 billion 2023–26 Capital Budget includes more than $1.7 billion in infrastructure renewal.

“More and more people are choosing to live in Edmonton,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “As our city grows, we have a responsibility to invest in the services that our growing population needs: services like police and fire stations, roads, transit, libraries, parks, recreation centres and more.

“Building with purpose allows us to create and maintain spaces that encourage people to come together with family, friends and neighbours.”

The newly constructed Centennial Plaza is an example of how purposeful infrastructure that created a renewed outdoor space with enhanced landscaping and accessible seating.

“We are thrilled to see the new outdoor plaza opening right next to the library,” said Sharon Day, executive director of customer experience at the Edmonton Public Library. “This vibrant space promises to be a valuable addition to our community, offering a welcoming environment for all to gather, connect and explore,”

“The plaza will undoubtedly enhance the downtown experience for Edmontonians and contribute to the overall vibrancy of our city.”

Major transformational projects are building capacity for commuters and transporting goods across the city. Construction on two key arterial routes will progress throughout 2024 with work on Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion and Terwillegar Drive Expansion. Investment in public transit continues with the Valley Line West LRT in its third year of major construction. Substantial work will take place along the LRT alignment in 2024, including the elevated guideway for the future Misericordia Hospital and West Edmonton Mall stations.

The city is adding solar panels to existing buildings, while also examining how new projects can incorporate sustainable practices at the design phase. Renewal projects like the Mill Creek Pool Rehabilitation will see City spaces upgraded to meet new accessibility standards.

Through the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, more than 100 kilometres of residential roads and sidewalks and 23 kilometres of alleys will be renewed in 17 neighbourhoods. The three-year William Hawrelak Park Renewal Project, which will replace 50-year-old underground utilities, transportation networks, open spaces and facility infrastructure, is in its second year of construction.

“As we plan for each capital budget cycle, we look for opportunities to balance investment in new infrastructure while caring for what already exists,” said Craig Walbaum, Acting Deputy City Manager of the Integrated Infrastructure Services department. “We’re working on the roads, bridges and pathways Edmontonians need and use every day to move around the city. It’s critical we maintain what we have.”

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