Redevelopment of 51 Avenue

51 AvenueExtensive improvements are underway for 51 Avenue (between 50 Street and 51 Street) that will replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifecycle.

To view the virtual video tour on 51 Avenue improvements in downtown Ponoka, please click here.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for full details:

Communication updates on the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project will be provided throughout the construction season. 

If you have any questions about the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project, please view the Frequently Asked Questions below or submit an online service request.

Improvements include:

  • Excavation and replacement of underground water service connections, sanitary sewer and stormwater infrastructure;
  • Reconstruction of the 51 Avenue roadway followed by asphalt paving and line marking;
  • Concrete sidewalk replacement and upgrades;
  • Landscaping including new shrubs and trees;
  • Redevelopment and design improvements to the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue; and
  • Lighting upgrades.

Pedestrians are able to access businesses along 51 Avenue during construction. The Town and contractor are working closely with affected businesses to coordinate pedestrian access to these businesses throughout the entire project.

Public parking is available in the following two municipal parking lots which are both in very close proximity and walking distance to 51 Avenue:
  • The parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue with access from the alley at 51 Street.
  • The parking lot at the corner of 51 Street and 52 Avenue (across from the United Church).
Redevelopment and improvements to the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue will occur near the end of the 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project. At that time, 51 Avenue will reopen for on-street parking.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The redevelopment of 51 Avenue is a priority project that will improve the quality of life for the whole community for many years to come, as it will result in important physical improvements that will help revitalize the downtown. 

Those improvements will replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifecycle, and will help to prevent future water main breaks and sanitary sewage issues for businesses along that street. The project is also a critical capital project that will promote economic development in our community to attract new businesses, shoppers and tourism to Ponoka.

The 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project aligns with Town Council’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, and is based on recommendations in the Town’s Downtown Action Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Urban Framework Master Plan. The project was approved in the Town of Ponoka 2022 Capital Budget.

To view the virtual video tour of the improvements planned for 51 Avenue in downtown Ponoka, click here.

The $3.67 million project will be funded through existing Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant funding ($1.58 million), Federal Gas Tax grant funding ($200,000), the Town of Ponoka Electrical Reserve ($190,000) and a debenture/loan ($1.7 million) which was authorized through Borrowing Bylaw 461-21 and approved by Town Council during the 2022 Budget deliberations.

The Town of Ponoka is fiscally responsible and uses debt carefully. Debt is used for projects that have a long-range impact on citizens and represent substantial investments in infrastructure. 

The 51 Avenue Redevelopment Project is an important capital project that will replace aging underground and surface infrastructure that has reached the end of its lifecycle. The redevelopment of 51 Avenue will help revitalize downtown Ponoka and promote economic development in our community by helping to attract new businesses, shoppers and tourism to Ponoka.