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Gas line hit during barrier wall construction

St. Albert issues stop work order to Wilco Contracting after latest incident in project
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Personnel from ATCO Gas investigate the scene where a drill may have punctured a gas line on the construction site for the sound barrier wall along St. Albert Trail at about Gate Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. DAN RIEDLHUBER/St. Albert Gazette

Approximately 750 homes are without gas, after construction workers hit a gas line while working on installing pile foundations for the new barrier wall along St. Albert Trail.

Contractors responsible for the project have also been ordered to cease work on the project.

The company contracted by St. Albert, Wilco Contracting, hit a gas line around 11:30 a.m., St. Albert communications advisor Juliann Cashen said in an email. No injuries were reported.

St. Albert Fire Services are currently on site alongside ATCO Gas. Gas valves in the area have been shut off while repair work takes place. Cashen said ATCO Gas services should be restored by 10 p.m.

Construction on the barrier wall is on its second phase this summer, replacing the southern wall section from Hebert Road to Sterling Street.

Cashen said the city has issued Wilco a stop work order while St. Albert determines how to move forward on the work.

“This will pause the project until all safety issues are remedied,” she said.

Construction activities also resulted in severe flooding of resident properties in July.

On July 30 contractors under Wilco burst a water main line, severely flooding area residents’ backyards, garages and basements. About 1,000 cubic metres was released.

Cashen said investigations on the gas line incident continue.

“The City sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this incident may have caused,” Cashen wrote.


Hannah Lawson

About the Author: Hannah Lawson

Hannah Lawson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2019 after working as editor of the Athabasca Advocate. She writes about city hall.
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