Busy and productive 2019 construction season nearing completion
Another steady year of construction has resulted in big improvements to road conditions, traffic flow, and water infrastructure in Saskatoon. Topping the list of 2019 priorities was the replacement of old water mains in some of the city’s most established neighbourhoods, officially opening two new interchanges, and the first of a two-year major project on the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge.
“Our number one prerogative is to continue improving the condition of roads throughout the entire city,” says Terry Schmidt, General Manager of Transportation and Construction. “Roads continue to take precedence, but over the last few years, we have also been able to put a larger focus toward prioritizing water and sewer line upgrades.”
In City Park and Riversdale, hundreds of homes have been retrofitted with updated water connections and new water mains are improving water pressure and lessening the potential of water main breaks during the winter months.
“Overall, the city improved approximately 185 lane kilometers of roadway in neighbourhoods where water mains were replaced, and on roads such as Circle Drive North, Boychuk Drive, Kenderdine Road, and Wanuskewin Road north,” says Schmidt. “We were also more proactive in 2019 using roadway treatments such as crack sealing and micro surfacing which help extend the life of our roads.”
The interchanges at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16 and McOrmond Drive and College Drive were officially completed this year, eliminating traffic congestion on the busiest roads of the fastest growing area of Saskatoon.
In April, phase one of the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation project got underway. The two-year project includes deck repairs, asphalt replacement, pier strengthening, barrier replacement and a new drainage system. Phase 2 will begin in 2020 on the east half of the bridge and will result in a wider walkway with higher barriers to better protect pedestrians and cyclists from traffic.
Other projects planned for 2020 include resurfacing the College Drive westbound lanes from the city limits to the rail overpass, and water main replacements will continue in Riversdale and begin in Caswell Hill.
“We know construction can be a real pain in the asphalt, especially when projects are concentrated in one main area, but we appreciate everyone’s patience while very important upgrades take place,” Schmidt says.
*please see attached 2019 Construction Season graphics*
For more information about projects completed in 2019 and what has been planned so far in 2020, please visit Saskatoon.ca/roads.