Reconstructing Edmonton's Neighbourhoods

As part of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Renewal Program, the City balances a variety of work including preventative maintenance, overlays and reconstructions. Of the City’s 300 neighbourhoods, approximately 100 require full reconstruction. A long term plan to address these neighbourhoods has been established which is the focus of this paper. This program is unique to Edmonton and is leading the way for neighbourhood renewal in Canada. From 1995 to 2016, 34 neighbourhoods have been reconstructed and currently there are plans to complete or start reconstruction on more than 60 by 2028. To finance this work various funding sources are utilized including local improvements paid by property owners, general city taxes and other government funding for a total of approximately $100-$120 million dollars per year depending on a specific year’s reconstruction program. To deliver the neighbourhood construction portion of this program, the City of Edmonton enters into long term contracts with contractors that are typically six years in length consisting of three neighbourhoods per contract. These contracts were developed in consultation with the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (ARHCA) and contain clauses that address the fluctuations of rack oil price and other industry pricing within the custom developed Neighbourhood Renewal Price Index (NRPI). To assist in delivering such a large program each year and over the long term, financial incentives through site occupancy assessments are also included in each contract. This ensures that the overall commitments in a neighbourhood are met. In 2017, there will be work in twelve neighbourhoods through eight active long term contracts and one standalone contract with overall project budgets totaling approximately $120 million. Depending on the size of a neighbourhood, reconstruction will be scheduled over two or three years. The scope of work includes removal and replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutter, streetlights and roadway reconstruction typically through full depth reclamation. Other neighbourhood improvements that consider all modes of transportation are also implemented as part of the program such as missing link sidewalks, bike corridors, school zone safety features and traffic calming measures. The program provides many benefits to a wide range of stakeholders. This includes the City as a whole through improvement of City assets, residents through improvements directly adjacent to their properties and to their communities and the consultants and contractors involved in the work by providing secure work into the future.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: 1 PDF file, 1.0 MB, 17p.
  • Monograph Title: TAC 2017: Investing in Transportation: Building Canada's Economy - - 2017 Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01668465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: May 3 2018 3:15PM