Paving Projects

Significant paving projects planned

Once the dust settles, residents will benefit from Town of Athabasca paving projects totaling $709,925 this year.

Compared to paving projects in 2002 and 2004, the dollar value is substantially greater in 2006: costs for paving were $459,981 in 2002 and $284,991 in 2004.

However, outside services superintendent Rob Balay cautions that with the ever-rising costs of paving, the increase in the dollar amount is deceiving.

“More work is being done this year, but the cost of paving has gone up, so the amount of work being done isn’t as much more than previous years as the dollars may indicate,” says Balay. “But it is still a significant paving project for us.”

Several streets and parking areas are targeted for paving and Balay believes area residents will appreciate the improvements.

“It’s going to be a huge improvement to have paved parking lots all around the pool and Old Brick School areas. It will help with dust control,” notes Balay. “And in residential areas, when residents get pavement, they appreciate it. It may even increase the market value of property.”

Aside from paving all the parking areas around Athabasca Landing Pool, the Old Brick School and Nancy Appleby Theatre, paving will also be completed on High School Hill from Hwy. 2 up to the arena entrance; on 54 St. between 49 Ave. and 50 Ave.; on the street behind the Athabasca Lodge Motel and some spot work on University Drive.

For reasons of economics, the Town schedules major paving projects on a two-year cycle, rather than doing smaller amounts of paving every year. In general, it improves the tendering process and helps to bring overall paving costs down.

Send in the sewer-bots

Also scheduled this summer is work to reline the sewers on main street. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, traffic along the street will not be affected.

“The contractor is using new trenchless technology,” Balay explains. “There will be no disruption of activity.”

The process does not require digging, according to Balay. It involves blowing in a liner that expands and hardens, and then specialized robots are sent in to cut out the service access points.

“I expect they will do it at night,” he adds, “so, people won’t even know they were there.”

The sewer relining work is scheduled for late August.

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