With funding for the Valley Line West LRT in place, work is underway to keep the project on track for construction next year— and closer to becoming a reality as an efficient and effective way to get around west Edmonton.
The Valley Line West LRT project is currently in procurement, which is the competitive process the City uses to find a contractor able to deliver the full project. A contractor is expected to be selected by mid-2020 and construction is planned to begin soon after that. But before it can start, there’s a lot of prep work to do to get ready for that important milestone. That work is set to continue until the snow hits.
This pre-construction work will prepare the project corridor for future demolition and construction work of the Valley Line West, a 14-kilometre urban integrated LRT project from Downtown to Lewis Farms.
Construction preparations, called early works, include relocating an extensive network of underground utilities, including power, water and telecommunications lines. It also includes removing trees, shrubs and vacant homes along the route to widen roads and make way for Valley Line West infrastructure.
In some cases this work may result in temporary road lane closures, sidewalk closures or other access closures. Building a large-scale project such as the Valley Line West will inevitably lead to some disruptions, but the City will try to minimize those impacts as much as possible. Doing this work now is necessary to make sure Valley Line West stays on track to begin construction in 2020.
Edmontonians who are interested in receiving ongoing updates about preparations for the Valley Line West LRT can sign up for our project listserv. Our project website includes much more information about the scope and history of the project.