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2024 Edmonton construction season begins

2024 Edmonton construction season begins
EDMONTON.CA — The majority of redevelopment work at Edmonton’s Centennial Plaza has been completed. Landscaping has started and is anticipated to be complete in June. It was one of many projects highlighted by the city in the kickoff to construction season.

EDMONTON – Construction season has begun in Alberta’s capital city with more than 200 infrastructure projects in the process of being planned, designed and built in 2024.

The $7 billion 2023–26 capital budget includes more than $1.7 billion in infrastructure renewal, a City of Edmonton release said.

“As our city grows, we have a responsibility to invest in the services that our growing population needs: services like police and fire stations, roads, transit, libraries, parks, recreation centres and more. Building with purpose allows us to create and maintain spaces that encourage people to come together with family, friends and neighbours,” Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said in the release.

The release cited the newly constructed Centennial Plaza, a renewed outdoor space that will feature enhanced landscaping and accessible seating, as well as its Greener As We Grow initiative which changes gravel parking lots into an urban park as a catalyst for further residential and commercial development.

Construction on two key arterial routes will progress throughout 2024 with work on the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion and Terwillegar Drive Expansion and investment in public transit will continue with the Valley Line West LRT in its third year of major construction.

Edmonton is also adding solar panels to existing buildings and examining how new projects can incorporate sustainable practices at the design phase, the release said.

The Neighbourhood Renewal Program will renew more than 100 kilometres of residential roads and sidewalks and 23 kilometres of alleys in 17 neighbourhoods. The city is entering the second year of the William Hawrelak Park Renewal project, which will replace 50-year-old underground utilities, transportation networks, open spaces and facility infrastructure.

“As we plan for each capital budget cycle, we look for opportunities to balance investment in new infrastructure while caring for what already exists. We’re working on the roads, bridges and pathways Edmontonians need and use every day to move around the city. It’s critical we maintain what we have,”  said City of Edmonton integrated infrastructure services acting deputy city manager Craig Walbaum.

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