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Okotoks Downtown Vitalization moving forward

Okotoks, AB: The Town is moving forward with the first steps in the Downtown Vitalization project for North Railway Street.  The underground water and wastewater systems in this area are at the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced so area residents and businesses can continue to have quality, reliable service.

The project, approved by Council in 2019, will upgrade the underground infrastructure on North Railway Street from McRae Street to Poplar Avenue.  This has been a priority for many years as infrastructure in this area was installed in the 1950s and replacement is required. This is part of the Town’s regular capital project infrastructure replacement program.  These projects are funded by utility reserves that are earmarked specifically for projects of this nature.

In May 2020, the Town considered completing the underground infrastructure improvements while businesses were closed due to public health orders related to COVID-19.  With the announcement of Alberta’s COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy in May, and feedback received from the affected businesses and residents about the timing of the project, the decision to complete the utility replacement was re-evaluated.  The project timeline returned to the original schedule, which means that construction is anticipated for 2022.

This project provides an opportunity to enhance the streetscape of this area as part of the Town’s ongoing efforts to improve the downtown, support economic recovery and growth, and ensure that infrastructure is reliable.  Re-imagining Triangle Park is also part of the project as a way to enhance connectivity and better integrate the downtown. 

An online survey to provide input on priorities, wants and needs for this area of downtown will be available the week of October 26 until November 13 on the dedicated Public Participation page.  Feedback will help identify the amenities and design elements that could be incorporated into the streetscape concepts that the Town will share with the community for further public engagement.   

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