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Roadway congested as work begins on Olds hospital parking lot

Alternative parking options developed to accommodate $1.3 million project
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Vehicles mainly belonging to Olds Hospital and Care Centre staff are parked a long way down 57th Avenue in Olds because they're not allowed in the hospital parking lot as workers get ready to pave the lot. Doug Collie/MVP Staff

OLDS - With the parking lot at Olds Hospital and Care Centre under refurbishment, staff are parking on an adjacent road while visitors' vehicles are still being accommodated on site.

More than $1.3 million in Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP) funding is being invested to repair and resurface the parking lot at the hospital. Work will be completed in phases in order to limit the impact to onsite parking as much as possible, according to Alberta Heath Services.

Phase 1, which began Aug. 8 in the south, or upper portion of the parking lot, is expected to be complete by early September. During this time, Alberta Health designated parking areas will shift, moving patients into spaces in the physician parking area. Visitors to the site will be directed to parking spaces in the staff parking lot, and staff parking will move to street parking only along 57th Avenue.

Once Phase 1 is complete, work will commence in the north, or lower portion of parking lot. Parking access will again shift for patients and visitors, who will be able to once again access parking in the southeast corner. Staff will continue to use street parking.

During this second phase, normal access to the emergency department will be impacted. Temporary access to the emergency department for patients, visitors and staff will be through the front entrance. EMS and ambulance crews will continue to have quick access to the site.

"Those using street parking are asked to please be mindful of not blocking driveways or access to private properties adjacent to the hospital. This includes not using parking lots in the Seasons Retirement Communities and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," an Alberta Health Services press release states.