Cooperative construction season allows city to complete more work
Near perfect weather through this year’s Building Better Roads program led to the completion of more projects. Twice as much preventative crack sealing was applied to roadways, twenty percent more sidewalks were replaced than originally projected, and a total of 206 lane kilometres of roadways were replaced or rehabilitated. Construction will continue until it snows or gets too cold.
“The condition of our roads are getting better every year, so we’ve been able to also turn our focus to preventative maintenance this fall with our crack sealing program,” says Angela Gardiner, Acting General Manager of Transportation & Utilities Department. “With new equipment, we’ve applied the crack sealing treatment to 56 kilometres of roads, extending their life and preventing water seepage, which leads to the formation of potholes.”
Cooperative construction season weather allowed for the completion of a total of 206 lane kilometres of roadway, bringing the total to more than 1,000 kilometres of replaced or rehabilitated roadway since 2014. The City also replaced or rehabilitated 33 kilometres of sidewalk this year, for a total of 64 kilometres since 2014.
“The additional sidewalk replacements and repairs were completed in locations that are planned for micro surfacing next year to better coordinate the two programs,” says Gardiner. “This sets us up for success next year and in years to come.”
The following is an update on some key areas of City construction and maintenance:
- Back lanes: 400 km of back lanes were graded and 15.3 km of gravel back lanes were reconstructed.
- Line painting: 892 km of lines have received a coat of paint, including 9 km of durable line markings.
- Water & sewer: 26 km of water mains and sanitary sewer mains have been replaced or rehabilitated.
- Intersections: The reconfigured roadway at Taylor Street & Arlington Avenue will improve the flow of traffic through the intersection and alleviate the congestion.
- Interchanges: Traffic has moved onto the new interchanges at McOrmond Drive & College Drive and Boychuk Drive & Highway 16 with expected completion in July 2019.
- Overpass structures: The major rehabilitation and repair work of the Circle Drive over 33rd Street northbound overpass was completed five weeks ahead of schedule.
- Bridges: The new Traffic Bridge and the Chief Mistawasis Bridge (and Central Avenue & McOrmond Drive extensions) opened October 2nd and added just over 10 km of roadway to the City’s network.
- Victoria Avenue: Victoria Avenue was reimagined, redesigned and reconstructed in time for the Traffic Bridge reopening. It marks the first time a raised cycle track has been installed in an established neighbourhood.
- Resurfacing and water & sewer improvements on Idylwyld Drive: The City undertook road resurfacing and water and sewer upgrade work on Idylwyld Drive between 33rd and 39th streets. As a result, the reliability and quality of the water distribution has been protected and a key section of a major Saskatoon throughway has been preserved for years to come.
“Significant progress has been made over the past five years and the Building Better Roads Program has established an annual funding level of $61 million to cover road construction, road repair, pothole patching, sidewalk rehabilitation, back lane upgrades, street sweeping, and snow and ice management into the future,” says Gardiner. “You’ll notice a difference as you drive, walk or cycle around Saskatoon.”