Town out­lines 2017 pav­ing projects

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley

Just like ev­ery year in Al­berta, there are al­ways two sea­sons: Win­ter and Con­struc­tion.

For Drumheller, the lat­ter is just around the cor­ner.

Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski, Di­rec­tor of in­fra­struc­ture, has laid out all the roads that will be ei­ther re­con­structed or sim­ply over­layed with more as­phalt over the two month pe­riod.

One road to keep a par­tic­u­lar eye on is the High­way 9 from McDon­ald’s to the Mac’s con­ve­nience store stretch. One lane will be fixed at a time as to still keep a flow of traf­fic through the main stream area. That spe­cific project will roughly take two weeks to com­plete, weather de­pend­ing.

“What ev­ery­one has told the con­trac­tors and con­sul­tants is that there is a bit of traf­fic co­or­di­na­tion re­quired for that stretch of road,” said Dro­homer­ski. “The good news about it is that it’s maybe a to­tal two weeks worth of time, maybe a bit less.”

The local roads get­ting worked on this sum­mer in­clude: In front of the Drumheller Val­ley Sec­ondary School (DVSS) North Rail­way Av­enue from 17th Street East to 19th Street East, Sec­ond Av­enue West from 7th Street West and 8th Street West, 6th Street West from 2nd Av­enue West to Third Av­enue West, Sec­ond Street SE from Hunts Cres­cent to First Street E, and 6th Av­enue SW.

“Some of them are go­ing to be pretty quick, some of them are go­ing to take a bit more time,” said Dro­homer­ski.

In the high­way depart­ment, High­way 9 es­sen­tially from McDon­ald’s to First Street West by the Mac’s con­ve­nience store will be un­der con­struc­tion as well as a new turnout on the south side of town when en­ter­ing Drumheller. It will be made by the ‘ Wel­come to Drumheller di­nosaur sign.

“We are do­ing a turnout there on the road­side to get peo­ple off the high­way when they want to take pic­tures and stuff like that,” said Dro­homer­ski.

The projects will take any­where from two days to three weeks or bet­ter.

As part of the Asset Man­age­ment Plan, the Town does an as­sess­ment on the roads and rates the con­di­tions as to how much more use the roads can han­dle.

“We look at those roads and look at the money that is avail- able and sort of look at the high pri­or­i­ties over the win­ter time and come up with a list in Fe­bru­ary and work to­wards get­ting that work done,” said Dro­homer­ski.

The work­load is larger than nor­mal due to the high­way work on be­half of Al­berta Trans­porta­tion in­clud­ing the High­way 9 sec­tion and the road­side turnout.

“It’s ac­tu­ally their work but they’re bundling it with the Town’s work in or­der to get a bet­ter price,” said Dro­homer­ski. “You get one con­trac­tor to go in there to get all the as­phalt as op­posed to two con­trac­tors who do a lit­tle bit of work.”

The Town of Drumheller spends roughly $1,000,000 a year on roads and with the added high­way projects, the Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment is able

to fork over another $700,000. As well as pav­ing, they do miscellaneous re­pairs around town like trail re­pair, iso­lated road sec­tion re­pairs, and side­walks.

“We are prob­a­bly at a 1.1 mil­lion dol­lars worth of con­struc­tion work this year,” said Dro­homer­ski.

The ten­der for the con­struc­tion work is cur­rently out and closes on Wed­nes­day, May 10. Busi­nesses will bid on the work and sub­mit their prices. Af­ter that stage, the Town hires a con­sul­tant to do a back­ground check to make sure they are ca­pa­ble of do­ing the work. Within a cou­ple weeks, the new bid­der will be cho­sen and pre­pare to work.

When en­ter­ing a con­struc­tion zone, work­ers tend to be close to traf­fic so be­ing cog­nizant of their pres­ence can al­ways be ben­e­fi­cial.

“As we start into the con­struc­tion sea­son there will be other projects so there will be a lot of traf­fic around. We are re­mind­ing peo­ple to watch out for the work­ers and make sure they take their time,” said Dro­homer­ski.

“Our goal is to be done this as fast as pos­si­ble to min­i­mize the dis­rup­tion to the pub­lic whether they be res­i­dents or tourists.”

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

One of the Town of Drumheller pav­ing projects this year is a turnout lane at the base of the South Hill of High­way 9.

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