City plans alley, intersection upgrades ahead of 100 Street rebuild

The city will start its planned rebuild of 100 Street this year with intersection and alleyway upgrades around 96 Avenue before ripping up the road to 98 Avenue in 2021.

Victor Shopland, the city's general manager for integrated services, presented council with an updated construction timeline on Monday, and said the added improvements to be made this year will help to ensure business continuity and access during construction of the five-year project.

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Those improvements include water, sewer, and storm connections at the 96 Avenue intersection, and laneway paving behind surrounding businesses on the east and west of 100 Street, including the Shell gas station, KFC, Mama Panda, and All West Glass.

Traffic signals are also planned for 96 Street and 96 Avenue, while a laneway north of 98 Avenue between 100 and 102 Streets beside Mastaro Sushi will also be paved, as will an adjacent city parking lot.

“The work that we do this year will set up for good work next year,” Shopland said.

The city plans to reconstruct 100 Street between 96 and 105 Avenues to replace old water and sewer lines installed in the 1940s and 1950s.

The work is planned in phases over the next five years: from 96 Avenue to 98 Avenue in 2021; from 98 Avenue to 100 Avenue in 2022; from 100 Avenue to 102 Avenue in 2023; and from 102 Avenue to 105 Avenue in 2024.

The 96 Avenue intersection is expected to be closed for up to a month this summer as work there is completed.

Mayor Lori Ackerman acknowledged the work of the Chamber of Commerce in working with impacted businesses to identify the need for added upgrades in the area.

"It’s best that we back things up by a year and ensure we have this in place,” Ackerman said.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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