St. Julien Road Reconstruction - August 6 Update
Last week the construction continued connecting water and sewer services to private properties. Storm water work was completed on the outflows diverted off the upper half of St. Julien Road.
Also, the road coring work began, preparing the road base for gravel and compaction, then asphalt.
Work was delayed on Thursday at about 3 p.m. when crews struck an ATCO gas line at 226 St. Julien. The Banff Fire Department immediately responded and contained the area. A larger evacuation was assessed and determined to be unnecessary. ATCO continued to monitor atmospheric gas levels, then isolated and shut off the gas line away from the break, affecting service only to one property. A temporary natural gas source was connected for the home until repairs were completed on Friday. The line was not in its mapped location and all safety measures were executed appropriately, resulting in no injuries or damage to private property.
The service connections to private properties will be completed and the temporary water services will be disconnected after all leak and quality testing. The temporary sanitary sewer connections will also be disconnected.
Work will continue on the storm water drainage system on the lower section of St. Julien Road. Crews will continue with the base and rock boulders for retaining walls on the downhill side of the road.
Road coring will continue up the road, with gravel base construction and compaction. The compaction work will create significant vibrations in the neighbourhood and noise.
Vibrations for road base compaction will be very disruptive. Residents are encouraged to move fragile items of value that are hanging on walls or could fall from shelves into safe storage for the period of road base construction. Starting at Wolf Street, the road base work will continue into September.
Dangerous construction site
Only residents who live on St. Julien Street are permitted to enter the street, and only when safe to do so, in coordination with work crews.
Members of the public are still putting themselves in danger by attempting to access St. Julien Road – please stay outside the construction area for your own safety, and please help direct visitors to safe detours on Tunnel Mountain.
The lower trail head remains inaccessible. Follow the detours via the Ken Madsen Path around to the upper trail head for hiking Tunnel Mountain.