Work on phase two of the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project is continuing. Since work commenced on May 8 on the temporary sidewalk on the north side of the street has been removed and the contractor is in the process of constructing the new permanent sidewalk.
During this time, crews are working to minimize two-way traffic interruptions and on street parking restrictions as much as possible.
Motorists are asked to please drive with caution in the area and watch for posted signs and traffic safety personnel.
Businesses Access Remains Open
Pedestrian access to businesses on 51 Avenue will continue to be maintained throughout the project. Ramps have been installed to business storefronts and temporary interruptions may occur for a few hours while concrete is poured for the new sidewalks at each storefront. However, 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.
51 Avenue Parking Lot Redevelopment
Once the new permanent sidewalks are completed, work will then begin on redevelopment and design improvements to the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue, followed by the final layer of asphalt paving on the roadway, line marking, landscaping and the installation of street furniture.
During redevelopment of the 51 Avenue parking lot, street parking will be available on 51 Avenue. Overflow parking will also be available in the municipal parking lot at 52 Avenue and 51 Street across from the Ponoka United Church.
Work Will Pause During Stampede Week
Construction on 51 Avenue will pause during Ponoka Stampede week. Weather permitting, the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project is expected to be completed in 2023.
51 Avenue Planned Improvements
The following improvements are planned for 51 Avenue (between 50 Street and 51 Street) this construction season:
• Replacement of temporary asphalt sidewalks with new permanent sidewalks;
• Redevelopment and design improvements to the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue;
• Final layer of asphalt paving on the roadway and line marking;
• Installation of pedestrian crossings;
• Landscaping including new shrubs and trees; and
• Installation of benches and garbage receptacles.
The 51 Avenue improvements are designed to create a more accessible, pedestrian-friendly environment with features such as mid-block pedestrian crossings, new sidewalks and curbs with rolled edges for wheelchair accessibility.