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Traffic survey for downtown berm closing January 20

Proposed Riverside Drive Closure

The Town of Drumheller is collecting feedback on traffic changes related to the Downtown berm so they can be addressed with residents, commuters, and business owners.
The Town understands this berm design has traffic implications, so there will be many conversations to come about this.
They’re working with the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan (DARP) team to come up with solutions that meet the goals of the revitalization program, and with the emergency services department to come up with solutions to meet the needs of the response times for the community.
Please stay tuned on the Drumheller Flood Mitigation website, social media, and advertising for more information as this project progresses.
To submit your feedback regarding the Downtown berm traffic implications, fill out the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Downtown
DrumTraffic
Or, if you prefer to fill out a paper copy, stop by Town Hall.
As a reminder, the survey ends on January 20, so if you want to submit your feedback do so before then.
To watch the recording of the Downtown berm Open House on December 9, 2021, where the lead engineer went into depth on the Riverside Drive
assessment and results, go to https://floodreadiness.
drumheller.ca/be-informed/past-community-
sessions
The Flood Mitigation Office will also be holding a second Downtown berm Open House (virtual only) on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. This Open House is to encourage communication between the Community and the Flood Mitigation Office, so residents have the chance to learn more about the project and the corresponding traffic
implications.
It is also a great opportunity to inquire about any questions or concerns you may have. Register for the Open House at https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/be-informed/community-events
The recording will be posted online within a few days after the event at
https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/be-informed/past-community-sessions

Copy of Traffic Survey QR Code


Downtown Dike construction cost estimated at $1.9 million

Copy of Proposed Riverside Drive Closure

The Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office held a virtual community engagement on Thursday, January 13 to provide additional information and details on the Downtown Dike and Riverside Drive project.
Panelists included project director Deighen Blakely, Downtown Dike project manager Julia Tarnowski with SweetTech Engineering, Drumheller Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski.
“The proposed dike will provide protection for approximately 70 homes, four multi-unit residential buildings, two commercial buildings, and five community buildings--the Badlands Community Facility (BCF), Aquaplex, visitor’s information centre, Drumheller Memorial Arena, and the curling club,” Ms. Tarnowski explained during the meeting.
The entire Downtown Dike project will be split into two phases--from the Aquaplex and Riverview Terrace, and from Riverview Terrace to the intersection of Riverside Drive and 5 St E, better known as Schumacher’s corner.
Tendering for the first phase is expected to be let between February and April 2022, with the second phase tendered later in 2022; construction on the first phase is expected to wrap up by the end of June while the second phase will continue through late summer and fall.
While there is enough land to create a meandering, park-like system through Centennial Park, there are some considerable land constraints along Riverside Drive between Riverview Terrace and Schumacher’s Corner. Several alignment options were considered for this section, including extending the berm into the Red Deer River, making no changes to Riverside Drive, and various changes to the traffic flow on Riverside Drive.
Extending the berm into the river was not considered a viable option as it would cause substantial environmental impacts to the aquatic environment and is unlikely to receive approval from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) unless no other options are available.
Making no changes to the traffic flow on Riverside Drive, without extending into the Red Deer River, would require a retaining wall approximately 300 metres in length and up to 3 metres (10 feet) in height. Other options, which included reducing this portion of Riverside Drive to a one-lane one-way road, were also considered, though would require a retaining wall, some 150 metres and 1.5 metres (five feet) in height.
As retaining walls cost up to five times more than earth-filled berms, this would push the cost of the project beyond the available budget of some $3.2 million.
Preliminary estimates for the 300 metre retaining wall was projected at the full $3.2 million; modifications to the intersection at 3 Ave with a retaining wall were estimated at $3.1 million, and would require extensive roadwork that could push the actual cost beyond this estimate. Reducing traffic to a one-lane, one-way road was also estimated at some $2.2 million, though this option would still require a retaining wall and extensive riprap along a significant portion of the bank for stabilization; further costs beyond this projection are anticipated to incur due to the high cost of riprap and construction of the retaining wall.
The recommended option, to close a two-block section of Riverside Drive, is estimated at some $1.9 million. This option would not require a retaining wall and less riprap for bank stabilization, reducing projected cost overruns. The Flood Mitigation Office is currently in discussions with emergency services and sanitation about access options to mitigate concerns for residents in this area.
A traffic impact survey is underway until January 20 and more detailed traffic impact assessments are expected to be carried out in the near future to better understand traffic impacts and develop mitigation strategies. While this is not being carried out during tourist season, Ms. Tarnowski explained Alberta Transportation has several years of data that will help inform the impact assessment.
Director of Emergency Services Greg Peters noted that Emergency Services are in support of the program and believe the project to be “critical in reducing require emergency response measures during a flood event.” He added the berm alignment and design has been adjusted to better accommodate response times by emergency responders and additional accommodations are being considered.
Following the presentation, the panelists answered questions from the public regarding the project. Ms. Tarnowski and Ms. Blakely explained there is a “significant pinch point” at Schumacher’s Corner which has influenced the decision and, while other options were considered, the closure was deemed the most cost-efficient solution with the fewest impacts.
It was noted various departments, including the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan, Economic Development group, and emergency services would be consulted to ensure seasonal road closures and changes to traffic patterns will be considered in the traffic assessment.
Impacted residents in the area can expect a meeting by the end of January to review proposals for modifications to the cul-de-sac to address parking and access concerns for those residents along 4 Ave and 5 St.

Village of Delia boasts successes in 2021

Delia 2021

There have been some big changes in the Village of Delia over the last year, with several accomplishments residents can take pride in.
In February, Delia council discussed using funds from the Municipal Operating Support Transfer (MOST) grant to update equipment to conduct virtual council meetings due to restrictions limiting attendees at in-person meetings; council meetings continue to be held in person.
Delia Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tracy Breese resigned from her position in June. She was hired in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. Former Town of Drumheller manager of Finance and Information Systems Bill Wulff was appointed as interim CAO while the village sought a new CAO, and office hours were reduced.
During the municipal elections, Delia’s council also faced some changes. The three-person council was acclaimed at the closing of nominations by incumbent candidates David Sisley and Jordan Elliott, and newcomer Melody Christofferson. Mr. Sisley was appointed Mayor with Ms. Christofferson taking the role of Deputy Mayor during the organizational meeting.
One of the biggest accomplishments for Delia was the completion of the new K-12 Delia School. Construction began in September 2020 and wrapped up 13 months later, some five months ahead of schedule. Students had Monday, October 18 off to allow staff to move into the new school building, located directly beside the original, and classes resumed the following day. Shortly after the facility opening, the Delia Bulldogs senior girls’ volleyball team won their first tournament in the new school.
A public open house was held Wednesday, December 22.


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