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Construction season squeezes Boudreau Road traffic

Expect disruptions throughout construction season

By: Victoria Paterson

  |  Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 06:00 am

PRICE OF PROGRESS – Servicing this new development at Boudreau Road and Bellerose Drive is creating traffic delays on Boudreau as the city digs up the street to work on buried infrastructure.
PRICE OF PROGRESS – Servicing this new development at Boudreau Road and Bellerose Drive is creating traffic delays on Boudreau as the city digs up the street to work on buried infrastructure.
APRIL BARTLETT/St. Albert Gazette

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Backed-up traffic along Boudreau Road this week is the result of work starting to connect new developments to city utilities.

Work started near the old Hole’s site this week, resulting in some lane closures along Boudreau near the Bellerose Drive intersection.

“At this point we’re doing utility crossings,” said Greg Persson, manager of engineering services for the city.

The city is extending water and sanitary services across the road from in front of the fire hall. As they progress across the road, the lane closures will change accordingly.

It is the first phase of three phases of work that will be occurring there throughout the construction season.

The utility crossing work is expected to finish in late May, Persson said.

The second phase, which is surface repair work, will occur in the first half of June.

“I’d say disruption for utility crossings and repairs until mid-June,” Persson said.

A third phase, which will include permanent surface work for the new right-hand turn bay, will occur later in the construction season.

“Expect disruptions throughout the construction season … on and off again,” Persson said, though he added he thinks the most disruptive aspect of the work is what’s currently happening.

The work isn’t just for the new developments going in.

“Although it services the Shops at Boudreau and the Botanica, these connections that we’re making are actually tied in with infrastructure improvements for the city as well,” Persson said.

Those who are able to use alternate routes during the construction should consider doing so, he said.

Once the sidewalk in front of the fire station is complete, Persson said the planned trail closure alongside the old Hole’s site will kick in.

An alternate trail route will be available on the other side of the road, using the sidewalks in front of the RCMP detachment and fire hall.

It was anticipated that the hole in the road would be closed up sometime Friday evening, allowing the lanes to re-open for the long weekend. Persson said work will resume on Tuesday.


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