Residential Road Rehabilitation
Strathcona County’s Residential Road Rehabilitation program includes upgrades and improvements that maintain the quality and safety of our roadways.
What to expect
When construction is scheduled to take place in your neighbourhood, the work will take about a month to complete from start to finish, weather depending. Construction will take place in two phases:
- Spot concrete replacement - sidewalks will be inspected and damaged sections will be replaced.
- Asphalt road improvements - the road base will be repaired or reconstructed, depending on the condition, and a new asphalt overlay will be applied.
Note: There may be a break of up to two weeks between each phase. This timing is weather dependent.
Phase 1 - Concrete replacement
During this phase, select portions of the sidewalk, curb and gutter will be marked and then replaced. In most cases, not all sidewalks will be replaced. Project Managers will evaluate the condition of the concrete and only replace deficient sections.
Concrete replacement process:
- Removal of existing concrete and sod
- Construction of base and forming for new concrete
- Pouring new concrete
- Replacement of topsoil and sod
The contractor will replace the sod behind the new concrete that has been poured and is responsible for watering the sod until it has taken. Homeowners are also encouraged to water the sod behind the new sidewalk.
Full concrete replacement
Depending on condition and other considerations (e.g., drainage concerns), some neighbourhoods may have all of the concrete removed and replaced during this process.
For 2021, full concrete replacement will only apply to rehabilitation work on Bonneville Drive.
Drop driveway requests
During annual rehabilitation work in residential areas, there may be an opportunity to have a drop driveway (low-slope crossing) installed. However, some neighbourhoods are not suitable for drop driveways. This can be reviewed at the request of homeowners.
Depending on the type and condition of the sidewalk at the end of your driveway, this work may be completed at expense to you as the homeowner, or it may be covered by the County.
Phase 2 - Asphalt road improvements
Asphalt (road) improvements will begin approximately one to two weeks after Phase 1 has been completed. During this phase, the roadway is assessed for structural (base) deficiencies. Depending on the condition of the base, one of two methods will be used:
- Method 1 – Base reconstruction
This method usually takes about four weeks to complete (weather permitting)
- Method 2 – Mill and overlay (can include base repairs)
This method is shorter and takes up to five days to complete (weather permitting)
Pedestrian safety features
In support of the County’s Neighbourhood Traffic Safety Action Plan (2017), collector road upgrades also include the implementation of pedestrian safety features, where applicable. Pedestrian safety features could include raised upgrades or curb extensions at multi-use trail crossings, playgrounds, schools and key pedestrian corridors.
Some collector roads also have traffic calming features added as part of the construction process.
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Construction during COVID-19
Due to the impact of COVID-19, County crews and contractors will be required to adapt work protocols to protect the safety of staff, contractors and residents.
These measures include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining physical distancing on the worksite and during all customer interactions
- Wearing non-medical masks, when physical distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., during certain work tasks)
- Following strict cleaning protocols
- Staying home when sick
- Providing services to residents on the telephone and online rather than in person
- Reducing face-to-face meetings, where possible, and otherwise holding a meeting virtually, by telephone, outdoors or in an open space