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Road and water main work safely and cautiously going ahead as planned

For immediate release: May 7, 2020 - 9:16am
TC20-1235

The City is proceeding with several key construction projects this summer while making the health and safety of employees, contractors and residents its top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. City Council has endorsed a revised 2020 Capital Construction Program, so that Saskatoon continues to have a safe and reliable network of roads and utility infrastructure.

“After re-evaluating all planned projects for this year and by making adjustments to typical safety procedures, we have determined that we can move forward with the majority of those projects," says Terry Schmidt, General Manager of Transportation and Construction. “We will be evaluating all projects as they proceed while continuing to follow provincial public health orders and recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada.”

Approximately 4,611 metres of new water main will be installed in areas where the current infrastructure is in immediate need of replacement. On 8th Street, water mains will be replaced under the east bound lanes between Sommerfeld Avenue and Arlington Avenue. Water main replacements are also planned on sections of Clarence Avenue between College Drive and 8th Street. Under Garvie Road, a new primary water main will be installed that will service the neighbourhoods of Evergreen and Aspen Ridge.

In addition to annual street maintenance programs such as pothole repair, line painting and street sweeping, the City is planning 185 lane kilometers of road construction. Work includes reconstruction following all water main replacements, but also resurfacing and micro surfacing throughout the city. Locations include:

  • College Drive/Highway 5 westbound from Highway 41 to the CP Rail overpass (resurfacing)
  • Taylor Street from Heritage Crescent to McKercher Drive (resurfacing)
  • Boychuk Drive north bound from Briarwood Road to 8th Street (resurfacing)
  • Central Avenue from College Drive to 107th Street (resurfacing)
  • Circle Drive from College Drive overpass to 14th Street (resurfacing)   
  • Circle Drive west bound from Avenue C to Laurier Drive (micro surfacing)

The second and final phase of the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation resumed in March and will be complete this fall. Improvements include a wider walkway with taller barriers, a new drainage system and new asphalt.

“Roads really matter to the people of Saskatoon. Construction projects result in sound infrastructure and they help boost the economy by providing jobs,” Schmidt says. “In this unprecedented time, we are adjusting and will re-adjust our practices as necessary to get this important work done. We are working with our employees and our contractors to ensure they are implementing and following protocols at construction sites to protect everyone’s safety.”

City Council is investing more than $61 million for road rehabilitation and maintenance to make Saskatoon’s streets, bridges and sidewalks, smoother, safer and longer-lasting.

The City of Saskatoon appreciates everyone’s patience during construction. We know it can be a real “pain in the asphalt.”

More information about 2020 construction projects is available at Saskatoon.ca/betterroads.