Council endorses revised Main Street Improvement Plan
(Above) An artist’s illustration showing changes to the 52 Street intersection, which include converting it to an "all-turns" access, new pedestrian activated rapid flashing beacons, pedestrian bulb-outs, and new access to parking near the old Police Station. Limited new trees shown.
Lacombe, Alberta (March 1, 2017) – At their regular meeting on February 27, Council endorsed the revised Main Street Project pre-design report as presented.
“Due to its deteriorated condition, the sanitary sewer mains in the downtown core, under 49C Avenue and under 50 Avenue, from 53 Street to Highway 2A, are scheduled for replacement in 2017,” said Engineering Services Manager Jordan Thompson. “This important infrastructure project includes pedestrian and road safety improvements, along with parking and other functional enhancements, to accommodate future growth.”
The revised Main Street Improvement Project pre-design plan includes:
- Street light replacement
- Access and improvement of two parking areas on the downtown periphery
- An all-turns conversion of the 52 Street/50 Avenue intersection
- Pedestrian-activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) at 51 Street and 52 Street
- Closure of the 49th Street intersection
- Construction of a “turnaround” sidewalk replacement, and pedestrian “bulb-outs” at the 52 Street intersection
- Accommodations are also included for the installation of future entry features
Aesthetic improvements in the revised plan are primarily limited to the 49, 50 and 52 street intersections, where select decorative surfaces and new plantings are planned. New street furniture/planters will be limited, and trees will be planted only at specific locations rather than along the full length of the corridor. New sidewalk will be primarily brushed concrete, instead of decorative pavers or stamped concrete. 50 Street will remain as a two-way road.
"Construction on this $6.75 million project is scheduled from mid-April through to the end of October 2017, with work proceeding in stages to minimize the impact on downtown businesses and residents,” said Thompson. “Road closures will be in effect throughout the construction period, but pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks and businesses will be open during construction. “
The Main Street Improvement Project website (www.lacombe.ca/mainstreet) will be updated over the next two weeks with important detour, parking, and pedestrian access information and maps.
After the website is updated, members of the public or the downtown business community who have additional questions about the project can email their inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.