As Construction begins on the Valley Line LRT, I will do my best to give you as much information as possible. As a proactive measure, here is the information from the LRT Projects department regarding potential traffic short cutting mitigation:
A Traffic Accommodation Request review and public notification period is subject to the timelines found in the following table:
A Road such as 83 Street would be considered a Major Road so it would have 20 days of public notification prior to a lane closure. In the event a lane or road closure causes a transit route to be detoured then additional review by Transit is required prior to the Public Notification Period.
There are also extensive community/stakeholder notification requirements relating closures and property impacts that have been set out in the Public Communications section of the Project Agreement(the P3 contract between the City and TransEd Partners).
Public engagement requirements make up an entire schedule of the Project Agreement. It identifies that public engagement, “will involve not only timely sharing of information about the Project with Communications Stakeholders but also an exchange of information with Communications Stakeholders.”
Community engagement is being handled jointly by the City and TransEd, and includes multiple forms including but not limited to open houses, direct engagement activities, the ongoing citizen working groups, and corporate social responsibility opportunities. The Project Agreement not only guarantees engagement but is structured in a way to encourage TransEd to seek out unique opportunities to engage with the public and stakeholders.
If the community has identified an issue, TransEd must (as per the Project Agreement), “demonstrate (to the city) in detail how Project Co considered the concerns, issues and matters raised by Communications Stakeholders and how Project Co proposes to address and remedy each of the concerns, issues and matters raised by the Communications Stakeholders. As well, demonstrate how Project Co effectively communicated such concerns, issues and matters for consideration by appropriate Project Co Persons.“
It is worth noting that many decisions relating to the route and overall design of the project have been determined through prior community engagement over the past 7 years, and this community feedback has been enshrined in the Project Agreement.By implementing the Valley Line Stage 1 as a P3 project, the City has transferred several risks to the private sector including construction means and methods and schedule adherence. TransEd is responsible to provide a construction schedule that is compliant with industry best practices. A performance management regime is in place including several valued items such as lane closures and tree removals. TransEd submitted baseline amounts for these valued items with their bid. These targets form the baseline for penalties/incentives depending on their performance. For example, every hour of lane closure is subject to a pay adjustment. This will ensure that TransEd minimizes lane closures and keeps as many lanes open on major roads as long as possible during construction.
There are several other categories of Non-Performance Events that can potentially be used to motivate good contractor behaviour, and to penalize TransEd where there is non-compliance to the Project Agreement. For additional information and to view a copy of the Project Agreement, please check the Valley Line website at http://www.edmonton.ca/