Airdrie has hundreds of kilometres of sidewalk, and this number is growing with every new subdivision constructed. Engineering Services reviews sidewalk plans to provide residents with a safe and economical means of transportation.
In new developments sidewalks are maintained by developers until the City takes over ownership. During Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) inspections, sidewalks are held to City design standards and replaced or repaired as necessary. After FAC approval, sidewalk repair and maintenance is done during local improvements or as part of the Public Works annual concrete replacement program.
Engineering Services reviews street plans for all new subdivisions within the city to ensure current and future commuter needs are met.
Developers are responsible for monitoring and keeping the streets clean until the City takes over ownership. Once approval has been received, Public Works is responsible for maintaining city streets. Public Works has an annual spring cleaning program and will further monitor roadways and clean on an as-needed basis.
To report a street light problem:
- Use the FortisAlberta online form (you require the service location of the street light); or
- Call FortisAlberta customer service team toll free at 310-WIRE or (403-310-9473)
At their regular meeting of May 15, 2017, City Council made the following resolutions to amend the 2017 Capital Budget for the construction of a new box culvert tunnel for the Luxstone CP Rail Pedestrial tunnel.
The existing box culvert will remain as is, a drainage culvert, and the new pedestrian tunnel will be located just north to provide year round service for east/west pedestrian connectivity.
The CP Rail underpass located east of 8 Street and north of Yankee Valley Boulevard links Luxstone Landing with Nose Creek Park.
In 2014, Engineering Services engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) to study and recommend options for a new pedestrian crossing at Luxstone. The pedestrian connection is currently served by a box culvert tunnel under CPR tracks. Unfortunately, the tunnel is only seasonably accessible, for lengthy periods every year, due to winter freezing and spring flooding caused by high flows of water and ice damming.
During these times, pathway users have been observed as trespassing through the CPR right of way to cross the tracks at grade. This is a safety issue that is not desired by either CPR or the City. The trespassing is significant and demonstrates consistent ongoing user demand for a crossing at this location.
The 2014 report, by ISL, provided options for an all-year crossing option which included tunnels, pedestrian overpass and at-grade solutions. The at-grade option was considered desirable and provided the best value to the City. However, CPR was not in favour of an at-grade crossing. CPR did indicate that the seasonal at-grade crossing would activate the train whistle protocol and preferred the tunnel option. Based on CPR feedback, ISL provided a Capital Cost Estimate (Class 5 estimate) for design and construction of the open-cut method box culvert tunnel. Advancing the design and construction, as part of the 2017 program, promotes the City’s and CPR’s shared commitment to rail safety within the City limits.
Project update - January 2019: The City has been working collaboratively with CP Rail and the engineering consultant to design a safe and cost effective pedestrian tunnel under the CP Rail right of way. Through group discussion it was determined that the installation of the pedestrian culvert cannot impact the existing rail traffic and therefore numerous innovative solutions were reviewed. A group consensus of the final proposed solution has been reached and detailed design work has been finalized.
It is the City’s intention to have the tunnel accessible for pedestrian use by September 2019.
There will be temporary closures of the dog park at Nose Creek in order to provide a safe work zone for contractors and residents. Notification will be provided to users of the park prior to any closure.