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Valley Line construction is one of only a handful of projects currently behind schedule this season, Meliefste said, with 94 per cent on time and 84 per cent on budget.
“In other years this might have been business as usual, but not as much this year as it’s business as unusual,” he said, noting the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city. “(It’s) one of our most ambitious construction seasons that we have ever had on record.”
$119-million Northwest police campus opening also delayed
One project well past its due date is the new $119.7-million northwest police campus, currently having its beleaguered roof replaced after several leaks. The replacement roof is expected to cost $8 million and be installed by the end of the year. The new police station to serve northwest division was initially intended to be operational in early 2019. The building leaks were first identified in December 2017.
“Repairs on the northwest police campus are ongoing. We’re working with our contractor and our special advisors and roofing specialists on the final design details, but the work has started on the deconstruction of the existing roof,” Meliefste said. “We are expecting to have the roof replaced and in good repair by the end of the year, so we’re working on that timeline as of today.”
Other projects currently underway that may soon impact motorists include the Yellowhead Freeway conversion and the Groat Road Bridge renewal. On the Yellowhead, crews have begun widening the road to three lanes in each direction, from 61 Street to the North Saskatchewan River. A minimum of two lanes in each direction will be maintained during the day with the potential of temporary ramp closures and further reductions overnight.