|Update June 18, 2020 - Police Point Park Trail Washout|
Recent intense rains, combined with open excavations for the sanitary sewer upgrades in the area of Parkview Close, have caused a portion of the Police Point trail system to collapse. Barricades are in place to block areas that are unpassable. Pedestrians and cyclists may still access approximately 2 km of the trail from the east side near the Police Point Interpretive Centre, though will encounter a dead end and need to return the way they came.
Please obey all signage and do not attempt to pass around the washout area as slopes and banks are slippery and may be unstable due to construction. The City of Medicine Hat will work to reconstruct the trail, though a timeline is uncertain at this early stage.
The City will be installing a new sanitary sewer trunkline in the Parkview area, just north of the South Saskatchewan River, as part of the long-term sewer management strategy. This is the second phase of a multi-year plan to address bottlenecks in the sewer system (the first phase occurred in 2018/2019 in the area of Saamis Drive).
This project will divert sewage flow from the NW quadrant of the city (Box Springs, Brier Park, Redcliff) to the newly renovated lift station on the north bank of the river.
Last summer, the lift station was renovated to increase capacity due to the planned increase in flow from the project.
The project also includes some work on the natural gas distribution system in order to take advantage of synergies between the scope and location of the work by the Gas Distribution and Environmental Utilities Departments.
Timing & Traffic Accommodations
The project is anticipated to begin June 8 and will continue into the fall. Work will be completed in zones moving from east (Parkview Close) to west (near Fire Station/Shamrock Bottle Depot), including directional drilling under the roadways on Maple Avenue/Altawana Drive, Parkview Drive and under the CPR tracks at 2nd Street NE.
Beginning June 8, Parkview Close – a popular parking spot to access trails in Police Point Park – will be closed for a good portion of the summer. Residents who plan to drive to the Police Point trail system are required to find alternate parking arrangements, such as the parking lot at the Police Point Nature Centre.
At this time, there is no anticipated disruption to pedestrian access to trail system, which should remain open for the duration of the project, subject to unforeseen circumstances.
Detours will be in place and temporary road accommodations will maintain access to businesses near the intersection of Parkview Drive and Altawana Drive. Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic signs and detours related to ongoing construction.
This project will support growth and development in the NW quadrant of Medicine Hat as part of the overall sewage management strategy. It will also improve operational efficiencies allowing for the removal of an existing sewage lift station, reducing costs relating to building maintenance and power consumption.
During open excavation, workers will also inspect and replace aging and deteriorated water and sanitary infrastructure if necessary.
Regular communication will be maintained with the affected occupants throughout the duration of the project.
Future updates will be provided here, by public advisory and on the City’s social media channels.
A perimeter fence will be installed around the active work zone and security will be stationed at the worksite. For your continued safety, the public is asked to observe all safety fencing and construction signage posted around the active work zone.
Workers will take all necessary precautions relative to COVID-19, where possible, including physical distancing, increased sanitation, proper hygiene and staying home when sick. Residents are asked to allow crews adequate space to work.
The City of Medicine Hat would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as the necessary upgrades are completed to ensure safe and reliable infrastructure for years to come.
For more information:
Environmental Utilities Department
City of Medicine Hat