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Saskatoon cautiously moves forward on roadwork

Saskatoon cautiously moves forward on roadwork

SASKATOON, SASK. — The City of Saskatoon is moving forward with key construction projects in the summer while addressing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with increased safety precautions.

Saskatoon City Council has endorsed a revised 2020 Capital Construction Program “so that Saskatoon continues to have a safe and reliable network of roads and utility infrastructure,” a release stated.

“After re-evaluating all planned projects for this year and by making adjustments to typical safety procedures, we have determined that we can move forward with the majority of those projects. We will be evaluating all projects as they proceed while continuing to follow provincial public health orders and recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada,” said Saskatoon general manager of transportation and construction Terry Schmidt in a statement.

The city is planning 185 lane kilometres of road construction in addition to annual maintenance programs such as pothole repair, line painting and street sweeping. Approximately 4,611 metres of new watermain will be installed where there is a need for immediate replacement, with reconstruction following all watermain replacement.

The second and final phase of rehabilitation of the Sid Buckwold Bridge resumed in March and will be complete in the fall with improvements including a wider walkway with taller barriers, a new drainage system and new asphalt.

“Roads really matter to the people of Saskatoon. Construction projects result in sound infrastructure and they help boost the economy by providing jobs. In this unprecedented time, we are adjusting and will readjust our practices as necessary to get this important work done. We are working with our employees and our contractors to ensure they are implementing and following protocols at construction sites to protect everyone’s safety,” Schmidt said.

More information about 2020 construction projects is available at Saskatoon.ca/betterroads.

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