Edmonton kicks off 2024 construction season with more than 200 projects planned – Edmonton

The City of Edmonton officially kicked off its 2024 construction season on Tuesday, with more than 200 infrastructure projects planned, designed and built this year.

City officials said there are currently more than 80 transportation projects underway, as well as 60 facilities projects, 16 LRT expansion and renovation projects and more than 50 open space projects. Thousands of jobs have been created directly from these projects, the city said.

“2024 will be another very busy year for construction in our city,” said Craig Walbaum, acting assistant city manager for integrated infrastructure services for the City of Edmonton.

“We understand that construction impacts the roads and trails that residents depend on every day. “We are grateful for people’s patience during our construction season.”

The city will begin construction this year on the Warehouse Park project, which will convert a parking lot into a multi-use green space between 106th and 108th Streets and from Jasper Avenue to 102nd Avenue.

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Click to play video: 'New Warehouse Park green space in downtown Edmonton to open in 2025'

New Warehouse Park green space in downtown Edmonton to open in 2025

The finishing touches are being put on Centennial Plaza, a renovated outdoor public space near the Stanley A. Milner Library that aims to provide a vibrant space for people to gather in the city center.

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Sharon Day, executive director of customer experience at the Edmonton Public Library, said she is thrilled to see the new space opening next to the library. She hopes it will improve safety and people’s overall experience downtown.

“The most important part of an interesting public library space that is located in the center of the city is the vibrancy, right? So bringing people from all over the city and beyond to the public library and having a place to really come and gather is critical to our vision and to the core of what we do,” Day said.

“The more people we can bring, the more reasons to bring them, the more interesting spaces there are, the more people will come. “It will be a destiny.”

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Some of the major road projects that will continue this season include the conversion of the Yellowhead Trail Highway and the expansion of Terwillegar Drive.

The Valley Line West LRT is now in its third year of major construction. Substantial work will also take place this year along the LRT alignment, including the elevated track for the future Misericordia Hospital and West Edmonton Mall stations.

“I appreciate your patience, as your trip over the next few months may take a little longer than usual,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “Their understanding is crucial to making these transformative projects a reality.”

Click to play video: 'Traffic disruptions expected along Whitemud Drive due to construction of Rainbow Valley Bridge'

Traffic disruptions expected along Whitemud Drive due to Rainbow Valley Bridge construction

Work also continues on the Lewis Farms Park and Recreation Center project, a supportive housing project in Holyrood and the three-year Hawrelak Park redevelopment project.

This year, 17 Edmonton communities are slated for neighborhood renewal.

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“We are now fixing more neighborhoods than ever before,” Sohi said.

All of these projects are part of the Municipal Plan, which focuses on preparing Edmonton to be a city of two million people.

“Part of the city’s plan when we built it was to really focus on those population thresholds,” Walbaum said. “Instead of a defined time, the City Plan considers (a population of) two million, and we do it in 250,000 increments. So we’re looking at a population of 1.25 million, 1.5 and then up to two million.

“What we’re trying to do as part of our growth is look at how we maintain that population pace.”

Information about road closures and project schedules can be found on the city’s interactive traffic disruption map, which is available on the city’s website.

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