The beginning of construction of the 51st Avenue Redevelopment project is slated to begin this week, weather permitting. The improvements planned for 51 Avenue (between 50 Street and 51 Street) will replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifecycle. The project will include:
- Excavation and replacement of underground water, sanitary sewer and storm water infrastructure
- Reconstruction of the 51 Avenue roadway followed by asphalt paving and line marking
- Concrete sidewalk replacement and upgrades
- Landscaping including new shrubs and trees
- Redevelopment and design improvements to the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue
- Lighting upgrades
The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.
“The redevelopment of 51 Avenue is a priority project that will improve the quality of life for the whole community for many years to come, as it will result in important physical improvements that will help revitalize the downtown. Those improvements include helping to prevent future water main breaks and sanitary sewage issues for businesses along that street,” said Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson. “The project is a critical capital project to promote economic development in our community and to attract new businesses, shoppers and tourism to Ponoka,” he added.
51 Avenue Parking
During construction, 51 Avenue will be closed to traffic and there will be no on-street parking. Public parking will be available in the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue with access from the alley. Redevelopment and improvements to this parking lot will occur near the end of the project. At that time, on-street parking will be available on 51 Avenue.
Pedestrian Access to Businesses
The Town and contractor will work closely with businesses on 51 Avenue to coordinate pedestrian access to those businesses throughout the project. During the replacement of sidewalks, access to store front entrances will be temporarily interrupted but alternate access options to these businesses will be facilitated at that time, allowing for continued customer access to 51 Avenue businesses throughout the construction period.
Updates on the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project will be provided throughout the construction season on the Town of Ponoka website at www.ponoka.ca.
If you have any questions about the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project, please submit an Online Service Request or phone the Town Office at 403-783-4431 where staff can help submit the request for you.