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 COVID-19 Response for Saskatoon Residents

On March 19, 2020, the City decided to close public access to City Hall and all City buildings, including fire stations, leisure facilities, attractions and Saskatoon Public Library locations. While we are closed to the public, our business operations continue to ensure core services for our residents as much as possible. Public transit currently remains operational.

2020 Water Main Replacement Program

COVID-19 Impact on Water Infrastructure Projects

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been determined that unless critical, all construction projects involving a short-term water disruption or an additional financial cost associated with lead water service connection replacements, will be deferred until further notice. Residents and businesses within areas that had been scheduled for this type of work will be notified. 

A few key water main installation and replacement projects are proceeding as planned in 2020.  They have been prioritized in order to ensure continued water quality, improved water flow, and a decrease in the number of water main breaks. Other benefits to water main replacements include a reduction in the risk of contaminants and the restoration of roadways once the work is complete. This will result in smooth, "like new" driving surfaces!

8th Street Water Main Replacement Project

More than 700 meters of water mains under the east bound lanes of 8th Street between Sommerfeld Avenue and Arlington Avenue will be replaced. To reduce impacts to residents and businesses, construction will happen in phases:

Phase 1: Campbell Avenue to Arlington Avenue (timeline: approximately 35 days)
Phase 2: Sommerfeld Avenue to Preston Avenue (timeline: approximately 25 days)
Phase 3: Preston Avenue to Campbell Avenue (timeline: approximately 17 days)

Within each work zone, the east bound lanes of 8th Street will be closed to traffic and the west bound lanes will be converted into two way traffic (west bound and east bound). Customers will be able to access businesses within the work zones by using 7th Street. 

Residents and business owners are encouraged to sign up to receive project updates prior to and during the project. To sign up, e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca and provide your name, address and contact information. 

Project Updates

April 16, 2020

Clarence Avenue Water Main Replacement Project

The Clarence Avenue Water Main Replacement Project will be completed in phases. The street will not be fully closed at once but detours will be in place in the area where work is underway.

Nearby residents and business owners are encouraged to sign up to receive project updates prior to and during the project. To sign up, e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca with your name, address and contact information.

Garvie Road Primary Water Main Installation Project

In preparation for a future underground reservoir near McOrmond Drive and Baltzan Boulevard, a primary water main will be installed under Garvie Road between the existing water mains under Central Avenue and Konihowski Road. The reservoir, expected to be constructed in 2023, will serve as the main water source for the Evergreen and Aspen Ridge neighbourhoods. 

To ensure the least amount of restrictions to driveway access and parking on Garvie Road, construction will be phased:

  • Phase 1: Garvie Road between Central Avenue and McWillie Avenue. 
  • Phase 2: Garvie Road between McWillie Avenue and Scissons Crescent (west entrance). 
  • Phase 3: Garvie Road between Scissions Crescent (west entrance) and Scissons Crescent (east entrance). 
  • Phase 4: Garvie Road between Scissons Crescent and to Konihowski Road. 

Each construction phase is expected to take 3 weeks, barring weather delays or other unforeseen circumstances. One phase will be completed before the next one begins.

Two-way traffic and parking will remain on Garvie Road, except within the current construction zone. In the construction zone, the two driving lanes as well as the parking lane on the south side of the road will be closed, leaving only the north parking lane open to traffic in one direction.

There will be no street parking on either side of the road and there will be no driveway access on the south side of the road within the construction zone. Alternate parking will not be provided, except for those who require disability parking. If you require disability parking, please contact us to make arrangements.

During Phase 4, there will also be traffic restrictions on Konihowski Road near Silverspring School. Work is expected to be complete prior to the new school year beginning.

Once the primary water main installation work is complete, Garvie Road will be restored and re-paved from curb to curb following some sidewalk rehabilitation work. 

Residents and business owners are encouraged to sign up to receive project updates prior to and during the project. To sign up, e-mail constructionupdates@saskatoon.ca and provide your name, address and contact information.

*Please note all project scopes and start dates are subject to change. 

The City’s Construction & Design and Technical Services divisions continue to re-evaluate these and all other planned projects as we continue to adhere to the recommendations from Public Health and the Government of Canada and Saskatchewan to limit the spread of COVID-19. Health and safety of our employees, contractors, businesses and the general public is a priority and all necessary precautions will be followed.  ​