Construction prep for access bridge underway
Okotoks: Trees, shrubs being removed around water treatment plant
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 06:00 am
The Town is preparing Sheep River Park for construction this spring.
Trees and brush removal began near the water treatment plant this month in advance of construction of an access bridge from the top of the hill in Woodhaven to the roof of the water treatment plant in Sheep River Park. Installation won’t take place until mid-April or early May. The bridge will be used strictly for emergency access during flooding and will not be open to the public.
“We need to get this preliminary work done early so that we don’t get any birds nesting in the period where we want to start the construction,” said Okotoks engineering manager Marley Oness.
Bridge construction won’t start until later this spring, with the contract going out to tender this week, he said. Early construction will include bringing in fill, which can’t be done until the frost is out of the ground, he said.
Oness said the purpose of the bridge is to provide operator Epcor access to the water treatment plant during flood events.
“In a flood, access is cut off, so we have to get personnel in and out of the water treatment plant somehow,” said Oness. “Previously we’ve had to fly them in on helicopters. So we need a better way of ensuring they can get in there.”
The total cost of the project is $1.8 million and 90 per cent of the bill is being paid with provincial grant funding through the Alberta Community Resilience Program, he said.
“It’s considered a resilience project that gives us the assurance we can keep our water treatment plant operational during a flood event,” said Oness.