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Broadway Avenue Improvement Project

Photo of Broadway Avenue
 

We've been telling you about it and now it's here! A before and after photo of Broadway - just waiting for line markings!

Project Updates 

November 2, 2016 - Project Update - Broadway Avenue Improvement Project Complete

October 21, 2016 - Project Update - Main Street Open to Traffic

Main Street from Victoria Avenue to Lansdowne Avenue is now open to traffic. 

The latest phase of the Broadway Avenue Improvement Project is now complete. Water main and construction work on Main Street between Victoria Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue wrapped up today. Concrete curb work will be ongoing for the next few weeks as weather permits. Drivers are advised that during this time curbs will be vulnerable to impact from vehicles. Please drive with care in these areas.

Water main work on 11th Street is also complete. Concrete road work is currently underway; as soon as this work is complete, paving on this final location of the project will begin.  The project is on target to be completed on schedule. 

October 14, 2016 - Project Update

Recent snow has slowed construction, but the project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of October. 

The 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street have been paved and are now open. 

Paving will finish on the 500 and 400 blocks of Main Street by the end of next week, weather permitting. 

Water main work on 11th Street is expected to wrap up in the next few days with concrete work and road work beginning Monday, October 17.  

October 3, 2016 - Water Main Break Update

There has been a water main break on the 800 block of Broadway Avenue.  This is what's know as a shear break – the pipe is sheared off – and was caused by natural movement of the earth.  Unfortunately, this type of break happens from time to time regardless of the age of the pipe.

The sheared pipe break is not on the water main line replaced earlier this year.   Tests were completed on this broken water main earlier in the year what which time it was identified as being in good shape, further highlighting our infrastructure is still susceptible to natural movements of the earth.

Repairs are currently underway, and work should be done by end of the day.

October 3, 2016 - Broadway Improvement Project Update - Final Work Underway

In light of the current forecast, there could be slight delays in work due to a weather event (significant rain/snow fall).

Currently, work on the 600 & 700 blocks of Main Street eastbound to the Dufferin Avenue intersection is complete with westbound paving work underway. 

Paving work on the 400 & 500 block is scheduled to begin next week.

11th Street water main work is complete.  Road work is scheduled to begin next week and should be complete by the middle of the month. 

September 15, 2015 - Broadway Improvement Project Update - Concrete Work Underway

Concrete work is currently underway on the 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street. 

Base preparation is complete on the 600 block, and work is underway on the 700 and 500 blocks. Milling and paving of the 600 and 700 blocks of Main Street is expected to start Monday, September 26th (weather permitting). As soon as this work is complete,  milling and paving of the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street will begin.

Water main work is on schedule to be complete by the end of September, weather permitting, with paving wrapping up by the October long weekend (Thanksgiving). 

Dates are approximate and are dependent on weather and barring any unforeseeable complications.

August 10, 2016 - Broadway Improvement Project Update - Multiple Rain Events Cause Delay

 Due to multiple rain events in the past three weeks, the estimated completion date for work on the 600 Block of 10th Street East has been modified and is now expected to reopen on August 22 (weather permitting). This phase of the project was operating on schedule, but heavy rains caused backfill to become saturated. When the rain stops, the saturated backfill will be replaced with dry backfill. Work at the intersection of 10th Street and Dufferin Avenue will be completed and backfilled at the same time. When this is complete, paving will take place and the roadway will be reopened.

July 29, 2016 - Broadway Avenue Improvement Project Update - Broadway Avenue Open July 30th & Sidestreet Construction Timeline & Map

After seven weeks of water main rehabilitation and streetscaping, Broadway Avenue north of Main Street opened on Thursday, July 28. Broadway Avenue will open fully on Saturday, July 30. 

The roadway and sidewalks will be fully accessible. Usual road restrictions are expected to be in place for the Fringe Festival from now to Saturday, August 6. 

Whether folks are visiting for a meal, shopping or taking in a show, they will see continuous new pavement, new sections of sidewalk and upgraded streetscaping – literally on top of a more reliable and longer-lasting water main system. 

Water main infrastructure in the area was approaching 100 years old and had been identified as one of the areas in the City requiring the most urgent attention. The replacement work required extensive excavation, traffic restriction and detours. This phase of the Broadway Avenue Improvement Project was scheduled for completion in mid-August.

Side street work is scheduled for completion at the end of September. Water main work off Broadway Avenue on 10th Street, 11th Street and Main Street will follow the below phasing schedule. 

Sidestreet Estimated Timeline Map

600 Block of 10th Street East 
Work on this block began on July 20 and is expected to take 3-4 weeks to complete, including concrete replacement and road resurfacing.  The contractor has set up temporary water lines to each address. Signs have been posted directing motorists to alternate routes as required.

500 Block of 11th Street East
Work on this block is expected to begin during the first week of August and is expected to take 3-4 weeks to complete, including concrete replacement and road resurfacing.  The contractor will set up temporary water lines to each address. Signs will be posted directing motorists to alternate routes as required.

400, 500, 600, & 700 Blocks of Main Street
Work on the 600 block began on July 25 with work on the 400, 500, and 700 blocks expected to begin in the by the third week of August.  These locations are anticipated to be complete, including concrete replacement and road resurfacing, by the end of September, weather permitting.  The contractor will set up temporary water lines to each address. Signs will be posted directing motorists to alternate routes as required.

There will be complete traffic closures along Main Street, 600 Block of 10th Street, and 500 Block of 11th Street.  

July 5, 2016 - Broadway Avenue Improvement Project Update - Water Main Work Nearing Completion

Favourable weather and a combined effort on the part of all parties has contributed to the Broadway Improvement Project operating approximately three weeks ahead of previously anticipated dates. In addition to being ahead of schedule, the modified approach to project phasing means roads can remain open to traffic in areas where water main work is finished. For the Canada Day long weekend, the Main Street intersection was fully open to east/west traffic (Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3). Paving activities in this area started Monday, July 4.

Starting Wednesday, July 6 water main crews will begin work at the 9th Street intersection. This work is estimated to take two weeks to complete, providing any unforeseen issues. Final paving between 10th Street and 8th Street will follow. 

The completion of this phase of paving will signal the end of construction on Broadway Avenue.  At this point the avenue will be fully opened to north/south traffic and work will move to side streets adjacent to Broadway Avenue. Estimated start date: August, 1 2016.

Below is a more detailed outline of the seven phases of work for the Broadway Avenue Improvement Project:

  • Phase 1 and 2 of the project were completed on June 3rd. Underground water main replacement and paving was completed from Broadway Bridge to the 12th Street intersection. This area of the project is open to traffic.
     
  • Water main work is complete for Phase 3 of the project. This includes the 600 block of Broadway Ave, the 11th Street intersection, and the 700 block of Broadway up to the 10th Street intersection. This phase is ready for paving.
     
  • Water main work is complete for Phase 4 which includes the 700 block, the 10th Street intersection, and the 800 block of Broadway Ave up to the Main Street intersection. This phase will soon be ready for paving.
     
  • Water main work for Phase 5, which includes the 800 block of Broadway, Main Street intersection, and the 900 block of Broadway Ave up to the 9th Street intersection, is nearly complete. There are a few remaining connection replacements that need to be completed on the 800 block to finish this phase.  
     
  • Phase 6 is estimated to start Wednesday, July 6 and will include water main replacements at the 9th Street intersection, as well as connection replacements on the 900 and 1000 blocks of Broadway Ave. The remaining water main work is estimated to take two weeks to complete. Once the water main work is complete, paving between 10th Street and 8th Street will begin. It’s estimated that paving of Broadway Ave will be complete by the end of July or first week of August, which is well ahead of schedule.
     
  • Phase 7 is the side street work adjacent to Broadway Ave and will begin once Broadway Ave is paved and open to north/south traffic. This phase is estimated to begin August 1, 2016. 

June 7, 2016 - First Two Phases Completed Ahead of Schedule - New Approach to Phasing 

City motorists now have full access to Broadway Bridge and east/west access to 5 Corners, signalling a completion of the first two phases of the Broadway Improvement Project, well ahead of schedule. The entire project is moving along ahead of schedule with water main replacement work progressing faster than originally anticipated.

An early finish at the intersection of Broadway and 11th Street has allowed for work at the 10th Street intersection to start early.  Connection replacements on the 600 block of Broadway Avenue are also complete and concrete repairs are taking place ahead of road resurfacing. 

Broadway has remained open for business throughout construction. To make sure that remains a prioirty there have been regular meetings with local businesses, property owners and City project managers. Based on their feedback, the approach to remaining roadwork will be slightly different. Instead of waiting and coming back to pave when all the water main work is done, the City will finish a section completely and then move on.  Resurfacing between 10th and 12th Street will happen as soon as the water main work at the 10th Street intersection is done, allowing the 600 and 700 blocks of Broadway to be completely opened to vehicles and events much sooner than originally thought.

Final resurfacing of 600 and 700 blocks should begin around the third week of June, weather permitting.

Saskatoon Transit has started using Dufferin Avenue as an alternate route during this part of the project.

June 2, 2016 - Broadway Bridge opens Thursday morning, June 2, 9 hours ahead of schedule.

Broadway Bridge opened Thursday morning, June 2, 9 hours ahead of schedule.  The overnight closure of the bridge was needed to place roadway markings on new asphalt at both the north and south sides of the bridge.  

Current road restrictions include a complete closure of the intersection at 11th and Broadway, with no southbound traffic past 12th Street and no northbound traffic past 10th Street.  Both blocks have full access to pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge is open, 9 hours ahead of schedule.  The closure of the bridge was needed to place markings on new asphalt on both the north and south sides of the bridge. 

Remember - Broadway Avenue is OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual during construction - the perfect place to eat, shop and play all summer long!

June 1, 2016 - Broadway Improvement Project is ahead of schedule. Bridge closes Wednesday night for line markings to fully reopen Thursday, June 2 by afternoon drive time.

Final work includes roadway marking application, which requires the Broadway Bridge to close at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The bridge and intersection at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street is expected to fully reopen Thursday afternoon by 4:00 p.m.

“We’re encouraged with this news,” says Celene Anger, Director of Construction & Design.  “By afternoon drive time on Thursday, the Broadway Bridge and Five Corners – the intersection at Broadway Avenue and Twelfth Street – will open completely and we’re already into the third phase of the Broadway Improvement Project.”

Phase 3 includes full closure of the intersection at Broadway Avenue and 11th Street. Extensive water main upgrades and road resurfacing began along Broadway Avenue on May 2.  When the work on Broadway Avenue is complete, the project will move onto side streets, including block sections of 10th, 11th and 12th Streets as well as a four-block section of Main Street.

“This project was specifically designed to be completed in phases, helping to minimize the impact on the community as much as possible,” Anger says. “As we’ve said, Broadway Avenue is open for business and entertainment throughout construction.”

Commuters have been asked to reroute their commute during the summer-long project, making use of the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and the University Bridge.

May 27, 2016 - Increased access to intersection at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street and at Broadway Bridge

Water main work at the intersection of 12th and Broadway is complete and lanes are opening as paving wraps up.  This intersection should be completely open in the coming week, which will allow more access to Broadway Bridge.  

As there is still a considerable amount construction in this area, we encourage commuters to stay off sides roads and reroute their commute completely using Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and University Bridge as alternatives.

Starting May 2, extensive water main upgrades and road resurfacing began along Broadway Avenue with work expected to last approximately five months. This project has been specifically designed to minimize the impact on the community as much as possible and will include phasing the work and site rental fees.  The contractor will be required to maintain pedestrian access at all times, except when individual water and service lines are replaced. (This usually takes one day only.)

Broadway Avenue remains open for business and entertainment as the work is completed.  During the first phase, the intersection at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street was completely closed. Commuters are still being asked to reroute their commute during the summer-long project, making use of other bridges and highways.  Detours will be clearly marked, and when necessary, the primary detour route around Broadway Avenue will be Dufferin Avenue.

Please remember, Broadway Avenue is OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual - the perfect place to eat, shop and play.

When work on Broadway Avenue is complete, the project will move onto side streets, including block sections of 10th, 11th, and 12th Streets as well as a four block section of Main Street.

Residents who require individual sewer line or lead water line replacements have already been notified.

Extensive water main upgrades and road The Broadway Avenue Improvement Project is progressing on schedule with the first phases wrapping up in the next few days.  Water main work at the intersection of 12th and Broadway is complete and lanes are opening as paving wraps up.  This intersection should be completely open in the coming week, which will allow more access to Broadway Bridge.  

As there is still a considerable amount construction in this area, we encourage commuters to stay off sides roads and reroute their commute completely using Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and University Bridge as alternatives.

Starting May 2, extensive water main upgrades and road resurfacing began along Broadway Avenue with work expected to last approximately five months. This project has been specifically designed to minimize the impact on the community as much as possible and will include phasing the work and site rental fees.  The contractor will be required to maintain pedestrian access at all times, except when individual water and service lines are replaced. (This usually takes one day only.)

Broadway Avenue remains open for business and entertainment as the work is completed.  During the first phase, the intersection at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street was completely closed. Commuters are still being asked to reroute their commute during the summer-long project, making use of other bridges and highways.  Detours will be clearly marked, and when necessary, the primary detour route around Broadway Avenue will be Dufferin Avenue.

Please remember, Broadway Avenue is OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual - the perfect place to eat, shop and play.

When work on Broadway Avenue is complete, the project will move onto side streets, including block sections of 10th, 11th, and 12th Streets as well as a four block section of Main Street.

Residents who require individual sewer line or lead water line replacements have already been notified.

Extensive water main upgrades and road resurfacing is planned for Broadway Avenue between 8th Street and the Broadway Bridge during spring/summer 2016. Water main replacement will also extend to some surrounding streets. Some businesses and residential properties will also require individual sewer line or lead water line replacements.

 

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Information for Businesses and Event Planners

Affected Businesses

Water and sewer service line replacements usually take one day only. During these replacements, a business will not have sewer and water service. The sidewalk directly adjacent will also be restricted and business access may be restricted depending on where the connection is located. At all other times, the contractor will be required to maintain pedestrian access as well as water and sewer services.   Event planners are asked to consider planning events on adjacent streets. The City is investigating best options to accommodate the Fringe Festival.
 

History

Road Condition 

Broadway Avenue was first constructed in 1883, and first paved early in the 20th century. The last major road resurfacing on Broadway Avenue was in 1987 and some minor restoration occurred in 2003 and 2004. The current condition of the pavement is rated as “poor” or “very poor”.

Water and Sewer Mains 

The original water and sewer mains were installed between 1908 and 1912. Water main replacement occurred on Broadway Avenue between 9th Street and 12th Street in 1956, however at the time the water mains at the intersections were not replaced. Based on the water main break history the section that was replaced in 1956 is considered to be in good condition. The intersections however, are seeing a significant number of water main breaks. 

Individual Water and Sewer Service Lines 

Lead water service lines have a high rate of failure and are no longer an approved material for water use. Click here for more information. Clay tile sewer service lines are approximately 100 years old and are at the end of their expected lifespan.

Estimated Project Timeline

May 2, 2016

Construction start

October 2016

Estimated construction end

Due to possible weather delays and unforeseeable complications, all dates are best estimates.   The City will ensure the project is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner with the least disruption to businesses and drivers possible.

FAQ's (Reviewed July 5, 2016) 

What work is happening on this project?

Work on this project includes the replacement of aging and deteriorated cast iron water mains, replacement of lead, cast iron, and galvanized iron water service connections, replacement of clay tile and fibre sewer service connections, concrete repair and replacement, and full curb-to-curb asphalt resurfacing on Broadway Avenue between the Broadway Bridge and the intersection of Broadway Avenue and 8th Street East, as well as on some adjacent streets.

Replacing the water mains will mean fewer water main breaks in the future resulting in less disruption to businesses and drivers. The road resurfacing will extend the lifespan of the road and result in a brand new, smooth level surface.

Will the Broadway Bridge be affected?

Vehicle traffic on the Broadway Bridge was restricted during the first two phases of the project with a one evening closure to finalize road markings. The City maintained two-way traffic on and off the bridge whenever possible.  Pedestrians and cyclists continue to have access the Broadway Bridge throughout the the project.  

Is Broadway going to be closed for the entire summer?

Broadway Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic in phases.  The work will start at the North end of Broadway Avenue and move South over the course of the project.  The Work Zone will cover approximately two blocks for each phase and traffic will be detoured around the work zone.   

How will people access Broadway during construction?

The Contractor is required to maintain a pedestrian/cyclist access route along Broadway Avenue throughout the course of the project.  This means that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to travel up and down Broadway and access the variety of businesses located along the Avenue.  Commuters who use Broadway to get to and from work are being encouraged to reroute their commute and use either University Bridge or Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge to access downtown.  

What about Transit?

During construction on Broadway Avenue, commuters are being reminded to reroute their commute, making use of other bridges and highways. Saskatoon Transit will also be rerouting it’s commute, using alternate streets including Dufferin Avenue as necessary.  For more information visit saskatoontransit.ca

What about parking?

Parking will be impacted by the project, specifically on Broadway Avenue and Dufferin Avenue.  Vehicles will not be able to access parts of Broadway as the work occurs and Dufferin Avenue will be the main detour route for the duration of the project.  The City is investigating if any temporary programs can be used to help residents of the area with parking.  

Is the water and sewer service to my building going to be affected?

The water main adjacent to your address will need to be shut down in order for the Contractor to safely complete the work. In order to minimize the disruption, temporary water lines will be in place. Using temporary lines will allow the businesses and residents adjacent to the work zones to have un-interrupted water service throughout the duration of the project. Once the temporary service is set up, your building will only experience a water and sewer service disruption if your building is having a water and/or sewer service connection replacement. 

How does the temporary water service attach to my building?

In order to connect the temporary water line into the plumbing in your building, there must be some sort of attachment point. Preferably, this attachment point would be an exterior faucet or hose bib, but in the event that your building does not have an exterior faucet or hose bib, there may be other interior attachment points to which the Contractor can connect. In the event that there are no available exterior or interior attachment points, an attachment point may need to be plumbed in. The cost for plumbing in an attachment point for connecting the temporary water lines is the responsibility of the building owner.

Available attachment points will depend on the existing plumbing of each building. The Contractor will be contacting you to work with you in determining if a suitable attachment point already exists in your building. 

When will the Contractor contact me?

The Contractor will contact you at least three weeks in advance of your building being switched over to the temporary system in order to come and look at the existing plumbing in your building and to determine if a suitable attachment point already exists. 

Will I be without water?

Barring emergency situations such as a temporary line being broken by a vehicle, once the temporary line is connected to your building you will only experience a service disruption if your building is having the water and/or sewer service lines replaced.

What if I don’t know a plumber?

The Contractor has arranged for licensed plumbers to be available and will provide you with hourly rates for those plumbers when they contact you. You are not obligated to use the plumbers that are recommended by the Contractor, and if you wish to use a different plumber you may do so.

Why are you doing this work now?

The water mains and lead service connections on Broadway Avenue and surrounds streets are showing signs of deterioration (breaks) and have reached the end of their expected lifespan. The last major road rehabilitation was 30 years ago and the current road condition is rated “poor” to “very poor”. 

Deferring the project would result in further deterioration, and increase future construction costs. Paving without upgrading water and sewer pipes will result in future work on the road and damage the new pavement.

How will the impact to businesses and drivers be minimized?

Phasing the Work - during water main replacements the contractor will be permitted to work at one intersection at a time only. This will minimize the length of time businesses and drivers are impacted. The intent is to complete all work on Broadway Avenue, including resurfacing, before any work starts on the side streets.

Site Rental Fee -  This will create incentive for the contractor to complete the work quickly.

Maintain Pedestrian Access -  The contractor will be required to maintain pedestrian access at all times, except when individual water and service lines are replaced. (This usually takes one day only.)

Alternate Routes - A transportation plan will be developed to identify the best ways for drivers to reroute their commute and minimize delays.

Parking - The work will require some temporary parking restrictions in and around work zones. Options to accommodate alternate parking options will also be investigated.