Arcola Avenue Detention Pond
The Arcola Detention Pond Project is a $10 million multi-year drainage project which began in 2016.
This project will reduce the risk of surface and basement flooding for the neighbourhood both north and south of Arcola Avenue between Winnipeg Street and McAra Street by providing extra drainage system capacity. The first phase of the project started in 2016 and involved the construction of the detention pond and lift station.
The second phase will require large excavation trenches down Arcola Avenue to accommodate the installation of four to five foot diameter pipe. These pipes will connect to the catch basins and allow for large volumes of stormwater to drain into the new detention pond, where it can be released at a controlled rate into Wascana Creek.
Starting Tuesday, July 25, Arcola Avenue between Victoria Avenue and Winnipeg Street will be closed for six weeks, pending weather or unforeseen circumstances. This is necessary to ensure safety to the public and those working on the project, given the size of the excavation trench and the amount of heavy equipment that is required.
The City will allow local traffic when possible and thanks commuters who use this route into and out of downtown every day for their understanding and patience while this important infrastructure work is being completed.
The final phase of this project, along with several other sewer and drainage projects, has received funding from the provincial and federal governments through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
The map below shows the locations where pipe installation will take place over the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons:
NIS Contractors Ltd. is performing the work for phase two of this project. The consultant providing the Engineering Services is AECOM Canada Ltd. This project was awarded through a competitive procurement process.
Further details on the Long-range Drainage Master Plan.
Questions & Answers
What’s the cost of this project?
In total, the Arcola Detention Pond Project cost $10 million, with the first phase valued at approximately $4.5 million, and this second phase at approximately $5.5 million.
Where did the money come from?
The project is funded by the City and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. In total, the City has accessed $5.5 million for this and other drainage projects in 2017 – the maximum allowed for Regina.
What can residents expect?
Large equipment and movement of earth material is required to perform these pipe installations, which cause noise, dust and vibrations. The contractor will do its best to minimize these inconveniences.
There will be temporary traffic restrictions and road closures in phases.
Some residents will have may have water and/or sewer service temporarily disrupted, and they will receive detailed notices in advance of that work.
Why is this project taking six weeks to complete?
The installation requires large excavation trenches down Arcola Avenue to accommodate the very large, four to five foot diameter pipe. To ensure safety and to expedite the construction, full closure of portions of Arcola Avenue is necessary.
Do you think another closure is too much for residents living in the east end?
Arcola Avenue regularly floods in the northbound lane during heavy rainfalls which causes disruptions to traffic. This is one example of why the detention pond is required in this area.
The first phase was complete with no disruptions to neighbouring businesses or residents. This second phase will mean some inconvenience because of the road closure.
Is closing the road the only option to complete the work?
Given the size of the excavation trench and the amount of large, heavy equipment required, full closure of Arcola Avenue between Victoria Avenue and Winnipeg Street is necessary to ensure safety to the public and those working on the project.
Local traffic will be allowed where possible and we thank commuters who use this route into and out of downtown every day for their understanding and patience while this important infrastructure work is being completed.
What other projects are taking place to reduce flooding in our community?
We have two other major projects taking place this year to help mitigate flooding during rain events:
The third sewage force main in the west end which runs from the McCarthy Boulevard Pumping Station to the Wastewater Treatment Plant
A drainage improvement project along 5th Avenue North and Albert Street is expected to begin in August 2017