The new Circle Drive South Bridge, overpasses from Clarence Avenue to 11th Street West, and the main roadways of the Circle Drive South project opened to drivers on July 31, 2013.
Detailed Maps of New Intersections
Learn how to navigate through the new intersections and how traffic will flow with the new roadways - Click on the PDF link below.
These additional roads and pathways will open at a later date:
- Multi-use pathways are open from Lorne Avenue, across the new Circle Drive South Bridge up to Spadina Crescent only. Later in August, the pathways will be open from Spadina Crescent to 11th Street West.
- Portage Avenue is just being completed, and will open in mid August.
- For safety reasons, Jasper Avenue will not open until traffic signals are installed, which is anticipated by early fall.
- The new Preston Avenue overpass is scheduled to be opened in October.
Preston Avenue South Overpass Restrictions - August 21
On Friday, August 16, the Circle Drive eastbound lanes underneath the new Preston Avenue Overpass will open to traffic. Then on Wedneday, August 21, no turning will be permitted at the south end of the Preston Avenue overpass to accommodate the construction of the new off ramps from Circle Drive eastbound to access Stonebridge at Preston Avenue.
- Eastbound Circle Drive traffic will not be able to access Preston Avenue southbound.
- No access to Circle Drive eastbound from northbound Preston Avenue traffic leaving Stonebridge.
This closure will be in effect for approximately two weeks, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances. Drivers should use the Clarence Avenue overpass or Taylor Street for access to Circle Drive eastbound from Stonebridge.
Click on the detour map for more details:
Preston Avenue Overpass Restrictions
The Circle Drive South Project involves:
- a new six-lane bridge
- five new interchanges (Idylwyld Drive, Lorne Avenue, Valley Road, 11th Street West, and Preston Avenue South)
- ten kilometres of freeway/expressway from Clarence Avenue to Clancy Drive
- access requirements of surrounding lands
- three railway grade separations
- sound attenuation walls
- relocation of utilities
- pedestrian and cyclist facilities
Traffic modelling indicates that the new South Bridge will carry approximately 30,000 vehicles per day when Saskatoon reaches a population of 250,000. One of the primary benefits is the shorter commuting distances for traffic and a 35% reduction in traffic using the Idylwyld Bridge at afternoon rush hour.
The proposed roadway will be a four to six lane divided freeway, with provisions for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the river and access the MVA Trails and other recreation trails on both sides of the river
The Circle Drive South Project is the largest single project in the City’s history at an estimated cost of $300 million. It is being cost shared between the City of Saskatoon, the Province of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Canada.
On March 29, 2010, City Council awarded the design/build contract to Graham Flatiron Joint Venture. The design/build process is where the contractor designs and builds the project. This process establishes costs up front, helps with better scheduling, and shortens the construction period. Construction began in spring 2010.
In June 2012, Graham Flatiron Joint Venture, the City's contractor, said it could not meet the September 30, 2012 deadline and to expect delays in the project. The new bridge, interchanges, pathways, and pedestrian connections, opened July 31, 2013. (The Preston Avenue South Interchange will open completely in October 2013).
Click here to see photos of the construction sites.
Click here for updates on the project blog.
Artist renderings of the new south bridge:
Lower East Abutment
Lower West Abutment
Upper East Abutment
Other plans: (files are very large and may take awhile to download)Complete Alignment
(including pedestrian/cyclist pathway)Preston Avenue Interchange East Side Interchanges West Side Interchanges
Circle Drive South River Crossing - Functional Planning Study Executive Summary
PowerPoint Presentation from May 25/26, 2010 Open House