Roadwork is coming to Highway 575 in the industrial area this month.
Alberta Transportation has two main goals over the next two month of construction. Building a new culvert in the industrial area on Highway 575 is a main focus for Alberta Transportation, the other is explained by Bridge Engineer, Erin Zubot.
"They're actually going to be closing down Ploeg Street," she said. "They're going to start road work re-aligning that. They're going to do that first."
Zubot included that as Ploeg Street begins to wrap, approximately 33 days from August 7, on the re-alignment, that Highway 575 will undergo the beginning of construction to replace the culvert.
"The old culvert has basically failed. It's at the end of it's life," continued Zubot. "We've had some washouts there and we've been doing some maintenance just to keep it going until we could get this replacement designed for it."
"The new culvert is a little unique. It's going to be a concrete culvert which we don't do often do. In a case like this, we've designed something we a little longer life."
Zubot goes to say that the new culvert will last up to 75 years dealing with the washout problems the old culvert produced. She also says that the entire project, from Ploeg Street to the completion of the culvert work on Highway 575 will take roughly two months to complete.
In the meantime, there will be detours set up that will take motorists through the industrial area as well as an alternative taking Newcastle Trail towards the downtown core of Drumheller.
The culvert replacement won't be taking place until August 21st, says Zubot. Both projects will overlap as preliminary work is done to the culvert site.
To view a map of the area effected, click this link.