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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Construction to Commence on Exshaw Creek Flood Protection Project

The M.D. of Bighorn is proud to announce that construction of the Exshaw Creek flood protection project will begin the first week of April 2019. This project will provide significant flood protection for the residents of Exshaw.

With the project about to begin, we would like to remind the residents of some important safety and other considerations with respect to the project:

  • The Contractor is Devcon Inc.
  • Construction will be starting on April 01, 2019 and will continue through October 2019.
  • Beginning on April 01, 2019, the west side of Windridge Road will be closed to parking.
  • Construction hours will generally be 7am – 7pm Monday through Saturday. There will occasionally be days when construction activity continues until 10pm.
  • A temporary steel panel fence will be installed to isolate the construction area and will prevent access to the construction area. Only construction personnel with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes steel toed safety boot, high visibility vets, hard hat, safety glasses and hearing protection and a Contractor safety orientation will be allowed onto the work site.
  • The existing Exshaw Creek pedestrian (yellow) bridge will be removed as part of the construction project. The Exshaw School has been notified of the bridge closure. All pedestrians will be required to cross Exshaw Creek using the Hwy 1A bridge. A pre-cast concrete bridge will be constructed to replace the existing pedestrian bridge and is anticipated to be open for use by the Public in late October 2019.
  •  The construction area will be inherently dangerous with large machinery working, and the area should be avoided by the general public.
  • Due to safety concerns at the Lafarge Plant, off road transport vehicles will not be able to access the Lafarge quarry from the construction site. Rip-rap will be transported using highway trucks accessing the construction site from the Lafarge Plant using HYW 1A and the south portion of Windridge Road.
  • The construction project is going to be very noisy:
    • A gravel screening machine will be used to produce materials required for the Project from the excavated creek bed material.
    • Trucks will be hauling rip-rap to the site from the Lafarge Plant. The trucks will be dumping the rip-rap at various locations around the construction site.
    • Heavy equipment will be used for the creek excavation, construction of the berms and placement of the granular material and rip-rap bank armoring.
    • Piling equipment will be used to install the large steel components for a debris trash rack.

Updates of the progress of construction will be posted on the MD’s website and other social media.

Construction Access

Tree Clearing Area

Traffic Accommodation Study

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Doug Fulford, Director of Flood Recovery for the MD of Bighorn, at 403-493-0314.

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