Successful construction season with an ambitious list of projects now complete
Wrapping up the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation project and replacing aging water mains topped the list of construction priorities for the City this year. However, just as work was about to begin, the primary focus shifted to one that had not been anticipated by anyone.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we revised our 2020 construction plan to place the safety of our crews and residents at the forefront,” says Terry Schmidt, General Manager of Transportation and Construction. “That meant postponing projects that required workers to enter homes to replace lead water service connections as we strictly followed all guidelines and public health orders.”
Dependent on provincial guidelines and public health orders, the City plans to proceed with water main and lead water service connection replacements in Caswell Hill, Riversdale and Nutana in 2021.
All other planned water main replacements continued, most notably on 8th Street, Clarence Avenue and Avenue C. Schmidt says approximately 19 kilometers of water mains and sanitary sewer mains were replaced or rehabilitated – about the distance from Saskatoon to Martensville.
“Additionally, we continued to make significant progress toward improving the condition, safety and longevity of Saskatoon’s road and sidewalk network. Millions of dollars have been invested into Saskatoon’s most aggressive construction program since the establishment of a $61 million annual levy in 2014.”
To help reduce the impact to residents and to save on costs and improve efficiency, the City coordinated much of the road and sidewalk work at the same time as underground utility work.
“As for safety in our construction work zones, we are pleased to report that we’ve had zero life-threatening incidents this year,” says Schmidt. “There has been less traffic on our roadways due to the pandemic, but we also believe drivers are getting the message through our annual marketing campaign.”
Significant progress has been made on Saskatoon roads, sidewalks and water mains in recent years and the City of Saskatoon thanks residents for their patience and cooperation.
For more 2020 construction highlights, please see the attached infographics or visit saskatoon.ca/construction.