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On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, flags at all City facilities will be lowered for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for Canadians to remember all women and girls who have died as a result of violence.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established in 1991 by the federal government, choosing December 6 to mark the anniversary of the deaths of 14 women killed at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
MCORMOND DR NB LANES CLOSED FROM FEHEREGYHAZI BLVD TO KENASCHUK CRES 
(Water main flushing) 
Two-way traffic will be maintained in the SB lanes 
Start: December 5, 9:00 a.m. End: December 12, 5:00 p.m. 
 
MCORMOND DR NB LANES CLOSED AT HENRY DAYDAY RD 
(Water main flushing) 
Two-way traffic will be maintained in the SB lanes 

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
33RD ST W EB LANES CLOSED FROM AVE G N TO AVE F N 
(Water valve repairs) 
Start: December 3, 8:00 a.m. End: December 3, 6:00 p.m. 
 
CIRCLE DR NB EXIT RAMP TO 22ND ST CLOSED  
(Manhole repair) 
Start: December 4, 7:30 a.m. End: December 4, 11:30 a.m. 
 
ONGOING 
 

Hit all the malls this holiday season by taking Route 1225 - Jingle Bell Express

Registration for the City’s Winter recreation programs begins Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. by logging into to your account on Leisure Online at leisureonline.saskatoon.ca, or by calling 306-975-2800.

The Circle Drive northbound exit ramp to 22nd Street will be closed on Sunday, December 4, at 7:30 a.m. for manhole repair work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around this detour. This project is expected to take four hours to complete, barring unforeseen circumstances or weather delays.       

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) pedestrian bridge over Circle Drive, (south of Attridge Drive), will be closed starting Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 a.m. to replace track panels on the bridge. Heavy equipment will be used during this work, so the bridge will remain closed for the duration of the project. Work is expected to take three days to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only.

NEW

4TH AVE S ROAD CLOSED FROM 20TH ST E TO 21ST ST E
(Vault work)
Start: December 2, 9:00 a.m. End: December 2, 3:00 p.m.

ONGOING

NEAULT RD NB & SB LANES SPEED REDUCTION FROM 22ND ST W TO 33RD ST W
(Topsoil Stripping)
Start: November 19, 9:00 a.m. End: January 13, 4:00 p.m.

City Administration is proposing the development of a new bylaw to improve the City’s ability to protect trees on public property. City Council’s Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services will consider a report at its meeting December 5, which recommends the development of a new tree protection bylaw, as well as revisions to the existing Trees on City Property Council Policy, to improve the protection, growth and preservation of public trees.

Following fresh snowfall through the night, the City will be returning its focus to high traffic roads such as Circle Drive, Idylwyld Drive, College Drive, and Attridge Drive.    

What you can expect from us

4th Avenue will be closed between 20th and 21st streets on Friday, December 2, starting at 9:00 a.m. for vault installation work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take six hours to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.          

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only.

NEW

No projects are scheduled to start on Priority 1 streets as of this date.

ONGOING

IDYLWYLD DR N NB & SB CURB LANES CLOSED FROM 25TH ST W TO 27TH ST W
(Directional boring)
Start: November 30, 9:00 a.m. End: December 1, 3:00 p.m.

SPADINA CRES E ROAD CLOSED FROM 21ST ST E TO 22ND ST E
(Water main repairs)
Start: November 29, 8:00 a.m. End: December 1, 5:00 p.m.

After two days of deliberations, Saskatoon City Council concluded its 2023 Budget review November 29, 2022, to finalize the City’s operating and capital budgets, boards, commissions and utility budgets for this second year of the 2022/2023 Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget cycle. The 2023 Operating and Capital Plan was prior approved in principle in 2021 but required formal approval by City Council at the 2023 Budget deliberations as per the Council Policy.

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only.

NEW

IDYLWYLD DR N NB & SB CURB LANES CLOSED FROM 25TH ST W TO 27TH ST W
(Directional boring)
Start: November 30, 9:00 a.m. End: December 1, 3:00 p.m.

WARMAN RD SB MEDIAN LANE CLOSED FROM ASSINIBOINE DR TO CIRCLE DR E
(Manhole repairs)
Start: November 30, 9:30 a.m. End: November 30, 1:30 p.m.

City crews, with contractor assistance, have been working through the night as the storm brought an additional 13 cm of snow. Crews are addressing the snow accumulation and applying de-icing material to bridge decks and the driving lanes of major roads such as Circle Drive, Idylwyld Drive, College Drive, and Attridge Drive.     

What you can expect from us

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only.

NEW

BROADWAY AVE INTERSECTION CLOSED AT 4TH ST E
(Water main repairs)
Start: November 29, 8:00 a.m. End: November 29, 5:00 p.m.

SPADINA CRES E ROAD CLOSED FROM 21ST ST E TO 22ND ST E
(Water main repairs)
Start: November 29, 8:00 a.m. End: December 1, 5:00 p.m.

Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre is preparing for a major facility upgrade and closure.

The project will include replacement of the 50-metre pool basin, water treatment system and a portion of the roof, as well as upgrades to the building's mechanical system, insulation and vapour barrier; all of which are nearing the end of their functional life. Improvements regarding accessibility and inclusivity are also being completed to ensure the building and its features will be a welcoming space for the entire community.  The project is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.

Spadina Crescent will be closed between 21st and 22nd streets starting Tuesday, November 29, at 8:00 a.m. for water main repair work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take three days to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.         

Broadway Avenue will be closed between 3rd and 5th streets on Tuesday, November 29, at 8:00 a.m. for water main repair work. The intersection at Broadway Avenue and 4th Street will be closed during this project. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take one day to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.         

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Saskatoon with 15 to 20 cm forecast today and tapering off tomorrow morning. City crews worked through the night, and remain on the go today, focusing on Circle Drive and applying de-icing materials as it continues to snow. The priority while it snows is to keep the driving lanes clear along Circle Drive and the busiest freeway and arterial streets. Then when it stops snowing and those lanes are graded, they move into the neighbourhood priority 2 and 3 streets. If more snow falls, the crews will return to the priority 1 streets.

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
CONFEDERATION DR VARIOUS NB & SB LANES CLOSED FROM MASSEY DR TO 33RD ST W 
(Environmental monitoring) 
A pilot truck will be used for this mobile work. 
Start: November 28, 9:00 a.m. End: November 29, 2:00 p.m. 
 
ONGOING 
 
4TH AVE S NB PARKING LANE CLOSED FROM 20TH ST E TO 21ST ST E 
(Vault roof replacement) 

NEW 
 
CLARENCE AVE N ROAD CLOSED FROM 10TH ST E TO 12TH ST E 
(Tree pruning) 
Start: November 26, 8:00 a.m. End: November 26, 1:00 p.m. 
 
BROADWAY AVE SB CURB LANE CLOSED AT SASKATCHEWAN CRES E  
(CCTV inspections) 
Start: November 26, 8:00 a.m. End: November 26, 4:30 p.m. 
 
BROADWAY AVE SB LEFT TURB BAY CLOSED AT 12TH ST E 
(CCTV inspections) 

The downtown area will have various road closures and lane restrictions in effect on Sunday, November 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Santa Claus Parade. There will be no access to the parade route between: Spadina Crescent, Avenue A, 19th Street, 3rd Avenue, 20th Street, 4th Avenue, 22nd Street, and 1st Avenue.    
  
Road users are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their downtown destination as there will be parking restrictions, and the area will be busy.   
  

Clarence Avenue will be closed between 10th and 12th streets on Saturday, November 26, at 8:00 a.m. for tree trimming work. The intersection at Clarence Avenue and 11th Street will remain open during this project. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take five hours to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.        

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
CIRCLE DR E EB & WB MEDIAN LANES CLOSED FROM PRESTON AVE N TO WARMAN RD 
(Bulb replacements) 
Start: November 25, 9:30 a.m. End: November 25, 3:30 p.m. 
 
4TH AVE S NB PARKING LANE CLOSED FROM 20TH ST E TO 21ST ST E 
(Vault roof replacement) 
Start: November 25, 5:00 p.m. End: December 31, 5:00 p.m. 
 

Following the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) on September 30, 2021, the Saskatoon Tribal Council has initiated a campaign called #ActOnReconciliation. It’s intended to harness the momentum of NDTR and Orange Shirt Day (also September 30) and keep Reconciliation top of mind all year long. The campaign calls for action and awareness on the last Friday of each month in 2022.

The eighth and final Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference will take place November 28-29 at Saskatoon’s TCU Place. After two years of gathering virtually, this year’s conference marks the return of meeting in-person, although there’s also an option to attend virtually.

Today, City Administration released a detailed administrative report providing City Council with its proposed adjustments to the 2023 Budget. The 2023 Budget was preliminarily approved by City Council on November 29, 2021, as part of the City’s Multi-Year Budget.

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
AVE H N ROAD CLOSED FROM 30TH ST W TO 31ST ST W 
(Manhole repairs) 
Start: November 24, 7:00 a.m. End: November 24, 5:00 p.m. 
 
22ND ST W EB ROAD CLOSED FROM AVE F N TO AVE G N 
(Rail repairs) 
Two-way traffic will be maintained in the WB lanes. 
Start: November 24, 9:30 a.m. End: November 24, 3:00 p.m. 
 

Avenue H will be closed between 30th and 31st streets on Thursday, November 24, at 7:00 a.m. for sanitary manhole repair work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take one day to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.                                                    

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
BROADWAY AVE NB CURB LANE CLOSED FROM 12TH ST E TO SASKATCHEWAN CRES E 
(Tree pruning) 
Start: November 23, 9:00 a.m. End: November 23, 1:00 p.m. 
 
CIRCLE DR W WB CURB LANE CLOSED FROM IDYLWYLD DR N TO AVE C N 
(Manhole access) 
Start: November 23, 9:00 a.m. End: November 23, 2:00 p.m. 
 

The City of Saskatoon invites emerging and established artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artists, video, multidisciplinary, social practice, and performance artists) to apply for a residency in the historic Bunkhouse at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (SFFP&Z).

Shared electric scooters (e-scooters) will be available for rent in Saskatoon by spring 2023. A two-year pilot will test the program framework developed through extensive public consultation. City Council approved the project this week where two vendors will operate up to 500 shared e-scooters from spring to fall each year.

As the City of Saskatoon prepares to transition waste collection services from a property tax-based funding model to a waste utility, a transitional subsidy will be available beginning in 2024 to help minimize the financial impact on low-income households.  

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
COLLEGE DR EB MEDIAN LANE CLOSED FROM CLARENCE AVE N TO UNIVERSITY DR 
(Sewer inspection) 
Start: November 22, 9:00 a.m. End: November 22, 12:00 p.m. 
 
CIRCLE DR E EB LEFT TURN LANE CLOSED AT 1ST AVE N  
(Axis vac) 
Start: November 22, 9:00 a.m. End: November 22, 3:00 p.m. 
 

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
TAYLOR ST W INTERSECTION CLOSED AT COY AVE 
(Water main repair) 
Start: November 21, 8:00 a.m. End: November 21, 5:00 p.m. 
 
8TH ST E EB CURB LANE CLOSED AT EMERSON AVE  
(Traffic signal work) 
Start: November 21, 9:00 a.m. End: November 21, 3:00 p.m. 
 
4TH AVE S ROAD CLOSED FROM 20TH ST E TO 21ST ST E 

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
No projects are new on Priority 1 streets as of these dates. 
 
ONGOING 
 
NEAULT RD ROAD CLOSED FROM 22ND ST W TO 33RD ST W 
(Construction) 
Start: October 3, 7:00 a.m. End: November 19, 4:00 p.m. 
 
BALTZAN BLVD SIDEWALK CLOSED AT MCORMOND DR 
(Construction) 

Taylor Street will be closed between Lorne and St George avenues on Monday, November 21, at 8:00 a.m. for water main repair work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take one day to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.          

The City of Saskatoon Leisure Guide is the community’s go-to source for sport, culture and recreation information in Saskatoon.  

The Winter Leisure Guide is available online at saskatoon.ca/leisureguide and on display at pick-up locations throughout Saskatoon beginning Friday, November 18. Pick up the guide from any City leisure facility, Saskatoon public library or anywhere the StarPhoenix is sold. Visit saskatoon.ca/leisureguide for a complete list of pick-up locations.

4th Avenue will be closed between 20th and 21st streets on Monday, November 21, starting at 9:00 a.m. for vault installation work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take six hours to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.         

Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see the Offspring at  SaskTel Centre  on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., is available at the following times:   

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
AVE H N ROAD CLOSED FROM 30TH ST W TO 31ST ST W 
(Manhole repairs) 
Start: November 18, 7:00 a.m. End: November 18, 5:00 p.m. 
 
WANUSKEWIN RD NB SHOULDER CONED OFF FROM 71ST ST E TO TOWNSHIP ROAD 362 
(Geo. investigations) 
Start: November 18, 10:00 a.m. End: November 10, 4:00 p.m. 
 
ONGOING 

Winter is here, and parks maintenance is underway for the City’s diverse park spaces. To provide residents with park access year-round, these spaces require a range of care and management techniques throughout the winter months.

Some of the main park maintenance service levels in the winter months include:

Park Path and Sidewalk Clearing

Avenue H will be closed between 30th and 31st streets on Friday, November 18, at 7:00 a.m. for sanitary manhole repair work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take one day to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.                                                   

City Council has confirmed the site of a future event centre/arena will be at the Midtown Shopping Centre North Parking Lot. The location was selected at a Special Meeting of City Council this afternoon.

The Downtown Event and Entertainment District is a large, transformational project that will develop over many years. Proceeding with the development of the Downtown Event and Entertainment District project, and the vision to create a shared public space where everyone feels welcome, required a decision of City Council on the future location of the event centre/arena.

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
CUMBERLAND AVE S SB LANES CLOSED FROM COLONY ST TO 14TH ST E 
(Catch basin repair) 
Start: November 17, 8:00 a.m. End: November 17, 5:00 p.m. 
 
BROADWAY AVE NB CURB LANE CLOSED FROM 10TH ST E TO 11TH ST E 
(Crane lift) 
Start: November 17, 9:00 a.m. End: November 17, 2:00 p.m. 
 

The Warman Road southbound ramp to Circle Drive westbound will be closed on Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. for roadway construction work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around this work. This project is expected to take four hours to complete, barring unforeseen circumstances or weather delays.           

4th Avenue will be closed between 20th and 21st streets starting Thursday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily for vault installation work. Detours will be in place guiding motorists around the work zone. This project is expected to take two days to complete, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.         

*This report includes road restrictions on Priority 1 (high traffic, high speed) streets only. 
 
NEW 
 
2ND AVE N SB CURB LANE CLOSED FROM QUEEN ST TO 26TH ST E 
(Sanitary connection repair) 
Start: November 16, 7:00 a.m. End: November 18, 5:00 p.m. 
 
8TH ST E VARIOUS WB SINGLE LANE CLOSURES FROM DUFFERIN AVE TO BROADWAY AVE 
(Well monitoring) 
Start: November 16, 10:00 a.m. End: November 16, 1:00 p.m. 
 

Louis Riel Day is an opportunity to reflect on our shared history and understand the important role the Métis community has played - and continues to play - in both our city and our country.

Riel led two popular Métis governments, was a central figure in Manitoba’s entry into Confederation, and led the 1885 resistance to Canadian encroachment on Métis lands (leading to his execution on Nov. 16, 1885). Riel is widely considered the most famous Métis leader and an important figurehead for Métis people in Western Canada.