Rocky’s water tower is coming down

It could be a month-long process

The demolition of Rocky’s water tower is set to begin next week.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House and Alberta Health Services have announced the process will begin the week of April 24 and probably continue into mid-May.

The week of May 15 is set for the anticipated completion.

While the tower is being taken apart piece by piece, from the top down, the sidewalk in front of it will be closed to accommodate the de-construction crews. A detour will be put into place to accommodate pedestrian access.

The town expects 53rd Avenue, in front of the water tower, will remain open during most of the demolition, with the possibility of short closures as required.

The process will include the removal of fences, some vegetation, utilities, hazardous materials, the steel tower, the adjacent ‘heater house,’ foundations, mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

The tower is being removed because it’s in the flight path of STARS air ambulances that will be landing at a newly built hospital helipad.

For more information about the project, please call (403) 845-3220, or email the town’s engineering director, Rod Fraser, at rfraser@rockymtnhouse.com.