Supplied: City of Edmonton Conceptual art shows the proposed arena.

Construction will begin on the new downtown Edmonton arena next week, the city said Friday.

Rogers Place construction will start March 3 with the fencing off of the construction area, trailer placement for crews and clearing of the site.

Soil excavation for the underground parkade and for the placement of concrete piles will commence and is expected to take several months to complete, the city said.

With the construction beginning, sidewalks in the area of 104 Ave will be closed between 104 St. and 102 St.

To facilitate traffic flow, the repainted avenue for these two blocks will include three eastbound lanes, and two westbound lanes. There may be temporary off-peak hour closures of this portion of the north lane until the lane is officially closed for construction, the city said.

The main entrance for construction vehicles will be at 103 Street and 104 Avenue (the current entrance to the Baccarat Casino), and vehicles will exit onto 104 Street.

Rogers Place is expected to be complete September 2016.

For more information on the project, visit edmonton.ca/downtownarena

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