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Saskatoon repairing century-old watermain

JOC News Service
Saskatoon repairing century-old watermain

SASKATOON, SASK. – After seven weeks of watermain rehabilitation and streetscaping, Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon from 11th Street to Main Street is slated to reopen for visitors and upcoming events.

"Area business people and residents have a fresh look along Broadway to enjoy," says Celene Anger, the city’s director of construction and design in a statement. "Whether folks are visiting for a meal, shopping or a show, they will see continuous new pavement, new sections of sidewalk and upgraded streetscaping — literally on top of a more reliable and longer-lasting watermain system."

Watermain infrastructure in the area was approaching 100 years old and had been identified as one of the areas in the city requiring the most urgent attention.

The replacement work required extensive excavation, traffic restriction and detours.

"So, the remaining work on Broadway Avenue south of Main Street will be completed over the next few weeks, with watermain and road rehabilitation on adjacent streets occurring up until late September," Anger said.

"During this period, crews may be doing some touch-up work at night to limit further impact to the community."

The city is providing alternate parking for affected residents wherever possible and visitors are asked to obey temporary parking signs.

Broadway Avenue was first constructed in 1883 and first paved early in the 20th century.

The last major road resurfacing on Broadway Avenue was in 1987 and some minor restoration occurred in 2003 and 2004. The current condition of the pavement is rated as "poor" or "very poor."

The original sewer and watermains were installed between 1908 and 1912. Watermain replacement occurred on Broadway Avenue between 9th Street and 12th Street in 1956, however, at the time watermains at the intersections were not replaced.

Based on the watermain break history the section that was replaced in 1956 is considered to be in good condition.

The intersections, however, are seeing a significant number of watermain breaks.

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