City Plans 2016 Major Construction Projects
For immediate release: February 3, 2016
Four major infrastructure projects are planned for the 2016 construction season. Extensive rehabilitation work will take place on Broadway Avenue between the Broadway Bridge and 8th Street; rehabilitation is planned for the Ruth Street overpass on Idylwyld Drive; functional improvements will be made at Attridge Drive and Central Avenue; and work will continue on the Victor Road Interchange at Highway 11.
“The plan for 2016 is to continue to improve the functionality, condition and longevity of Saskatoon’s infrastructure to ensure these corridors can serve the residents and visitors of Saskatoon better and well into the future,” says Mike Gutek, Director of Major Projects. “To achieve these goals, there will be some traffic impacts and disruption to residents and businesses. The City is working diligently to minimize these impacts as much as possible through measures like traffic planning, early communication, site rental fees, and night work when appropriate.”
Each project will include the necessary traffic restrictions and detours to ensure the work can be completed safely. The impacts may include the closure of Broadway Bridge for approximately one week, detours and restrictions along Broadway Avenue, and reducing traffic to one lane in each direction on the Ruth Street overpass. Transportation planning has been carried out to ensure these projects do not have a cumulative traffic effect in any one area of the city.
The major repairs and improvements planned for 2016 will have impacts on residents, businesses, and commuters. The City has been working with stakeholders to ensure those immediately affected can plan appropriately for the impacts of these projects. Once this summer’s construction calendar is finalized, the City will outline the impacts to various commuting routes, and provide route options.
“Results from the 2015 Civic Services Survey indicate residents feel roads and sidewalks are by far the most important issue facing the city as well as infrastructure in general,” says Gutek. “We’ve made some great progress through the Building Better Roads program over the past two years and we will continue to build on that success.”
A report outlining the four major projects and the anticipated traffic restrictions will be presented to SPC on Transportation on Tuesday, February 9.
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