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Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge project finished early & under budget: opens Sunday

For immediate release: September 4, 2020 - 10:21am

Saskatoon’s Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge is stronger with a smoother driving surface and a wider, more protected pedestrian walkway. The two-year, $20 million rehabilitation project on the 54-year-old structure is complete and the bridge will fully reopen on Sunday, September 6.

“Work progressed so well this summer that we are able to open the bridge approximately two months earlier than originally planned and within budget,” says Rob Frank, City of Saskatoon Engineering Manager of Asset Preservation. “We’ve improved the overall life span of the bridge by strengthening it and residents will notice a wider, safer walkway that better protects them from vehicular traffic.”

The City of Saskatoon utilized $15 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) allocations towards the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation project. The GTF program in Saskatchewan is administered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations.

“It is great news that the rehabilitation of the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge has been completed early,” says the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The improvements to the structure and walkway will keep traffic moving smoothly across this key Saskatoon crossing for years to come while also making it safer for pedestrians. Canada’s Infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across Canada, and builds stronger communities.”

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to play a role in administering the federal Gas Tax Fund program,” Government Relations Minister Lori Carr says. "This federal funding helps local governments advance important infrastructure projects, like the rehabilitation of Saskatoon's Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and ramp structure. With the completion of each project, we help strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan's residents."

The Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge Rehabilitation Project included:

  • Resurfacing of the Idylwyld Drive ramp over 19th Street to 1st Avenue 
  • Walkway widening with taller barriers for improved pedestrian protection 
  • New drainage system to help better traction by reducing puddles and splashing
  • Concrete deck repairs and asphalt replacement
  • Strengthening of piers  
  • Barrier replacement 

Crews will remain on site over the next couple of weeks to complete some minor work and clean-up following the bridge opening.

The bridge officially opened in 1966 and was renamed in 2001 in honour of Senator Sidney L. Buckwold, who was the Mayor of Saskatoon when the bridge was built. It is 183 metres (600 feet) long and spans over the narrowest point of the South Saskatchewan River within Saskatoon.