Redevelopment of 51 Avenue

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

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.

The project is expected to begin in mid-May and will include:

  • Excavation and replacement of underground sanitary sewer and storm water 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.

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 Town and contractor will work closely with businesses on 51 Avenue to coordinate pedestrian access to those businesses throughout the project. 

During the replacement of sidewalks, access to storefront entrances will be temporarily interrupted but alternate access options to these businesses will be facilitated at that time, allowing for continued customer access to 51 Avenue businesses throughout the construction period.

During construction, 51 Avenue will be closed to traffic and there will be no on-street parking. 

Public parking will be available in the municipal parking lot on the south side of 51 Avenue with access from the alley. Redevelopment and improvements to this parking lot will occur near the end of the project. At that time, on-street parking will be available on 51 Avenue.

The project is expected to start in mid-May and be completed by the end of 2022.

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.