Lower prices allow Lacombe to stretch its paving budget

City of Lacombe able to add paving project after getting good deal on paving prices

Getting a good deal on paving has allowed the City of Lacombe to tackle a section of the main route into town.

Council recently approved adding the paving of 1.2 kilometres of Highway 12 to the public works program this year.

“This is the most travelled roadway in Lacombe and serves as a major gateway to our community,” said engineering manager Amber Mitchell.

“Due to the very competitive paving rates received this year, council was able to endorse re-paving this corridor without exceeding the budget allocated for the 2019 capital works program.

“This is a big win for the city, and will serve residents well for many years to come.”

The city had pegged its capital works budget at $2.5 million, but tenders came in $900,000 lower than projected.

Earlier this year, council added four projects that cost about $500,000, leaving about $472,000 unspent. The proposed 50th Avenue paving was estimated to cost $467,000.

After significant construction over the past two years, that entailed the installation of new gas lines and a new waterline under the east and westbound lanes of 50th Avenue, multiple patches were applied to the already-aging road surface.

Resurfacing the existing road by milling off the top 50 millimetres of asphalt and repaving with hot asphalt will provide a level, seam-free surface, and increase the life of 50th Avenue by up to 15 years, she said.

“Mill and pave programs can be completed at a fraction of the cost of full road rehabilitation, but must be executed before the road deteriorates too far,” said Mitchell.

Work on the 58th Street and 50th Avenue intersection was to start this week and run until mid-August. Traffic signals will be replaced first and then the intersection will be rebuilt.

Paving of 50th Avenue will follow the intersection work, beginning in mid-August. Construction should take approximately three weeks, depending on the weather.

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