Lacombe’s 76 Street slope failure being repaired

Lacombe City Council will repair a slope failure on the west side of Crescent Lake next to 76th Street.

City administration recommended stabilizing the slope this fall to avoid any further damage due to spring melt in 2021. The cause of the failure was identified.

Repairing the slope quickly will prevent further damage to the roadway to protect the existing water, sewer, and storm mains installed beneath the road, said City of Lacombe Engineering Manager Amber Mitchell.

Once the slope is stable, concrete work and road paving will be completed in late 2021 or early 2022, allowing city staff to monitor the situation to ensure no further movement.

The total estimated cost of the project is $701,800, with $343,450 currently unbudgeted.

The city has applied to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) for financial assistance under the Disaster Recovery Program, however, it’s unclear whether this application will be successful.

The project will receive funding through Hwy 12 and 76 Street Intersection project contingency funds and the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI); however, if AEMA funding is approved, these MSI commitments will be reallocated to another project in 2022.

The city anticipates all the approvals will be in place by Sept. 30, enabling slope stabilization work to proceed as soon as possible.