It took two summers of work but 92nd Street has officially been twinned. Construction started in July 2015 and most of the underground work was finished by late fall. Crews were back to work in May and all but the landscaping and a few finishing touches have been done. Project technologist Andrew Booth says keeping lanes open for traffic during construction means it took longer than other similar projects.
“They had to do a full rebuild of that road and they still need to maintain traffic and maintain access to businesses, so they kind of had to do it in a bunch of piecemeal work. If they were allowed to just shut down both roads and get in there and get it done, the job would have went faster.”
The twinning between 104th and 116th Avenues was budgeted at $5.7 million, plus another million to install traffic lights at two intersections. Booth says the project was considered essential to the city.
“Twinning was needed to help with growth on the east side of town. There was a lot of traffic coming through here and it is a bus route; whenever the buses would stop to drop off or pick up patrons, basically traffic had to stop behind them.”
The construction contract was awarded to Knelsen Sand and Gravel Ltd.