EDMONTON — Edmonton’s construction season is underway with the city working on 268 capital projects.
City officials estimated that the work is expected to employ around 13,000 people.
Projects include bridges, LRT expansion, freeway conversions and neighbourhood renewal, playgrounds, park renewal and more.
“When we build Edmonton, we put businesses and people to work,” said Adam Laughlin, deputy city manager for Integrated Infrastructure Services, in a statement. “The $1 billion that will be spent this year on capital construction is an investment in this city we love. It’s an investment in our future.”
Laughlin added he believes the capital projects help position the city and region for a stronger economic recovery by employing thousands while improving city infrastructure.
“Seeing hard hats and work boots on construction sites across Edmonton means Albertans are working,” said Ric McIver, Alberta minister of transportation and municipal affairs. “From revitalizing parks and paving roads to widening Terwillegar Drive, turning the Yellowhead into a freeway, and building the new Valley Line West LRT, Alberta’s Recovery Plan is creating jobs and supporting growth and quality of life in our capital city. Thank you to the City of Edmonton for their partnership and to the workers who will make all of this happen.”
City officials noted that 93 per cent of the city’s capital projects are on budget with 79 per cent on track for their scheduled completion dates.
“We have ambitious goals this season. But we’ve done it before. 2020 was a major year for construction in Edmonton. We’ll do it again. And safely,” Laughlin said.