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Saskatoon wraps up series of construction projects despite COVID-19 pandemic

DCN-JOC News Services
Saskatoon wraps up series of construction projects despite COVID-19 pandemic

SASKATOON, SASK. — The City of Saskatoon has announced the completion of a number of major projects in the face of COVID-19.

Work has finished on the Sid Buckwold Bridge rehabilitation project and replacement of aging watermains despite the challenge posed by the pandemic, a City of Saskatoon release stated.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we revised our 2020 construction plan to place the safety of our crews and residents at the forefront. That meant postponing projects that required workers to enter homes to replace lead water service connections as we strictly followed all guidelines and public health orders,” City of Saskatoon transportation and construction general manager Terry Schmidt said in a statement.

The city plans to proceed with watermain and lead water service connection replacement in Caswell Hill, Riversdale and Nutana in 2021 dependent on public health orders and provincial guidelines.

Schmidt added approximately 19 kilometres of watermains and sanitary sewer mains were replaced or rehabilitated, Schmidt said.

“Additionally, we continued to make significant progress toward improving the condition, safety and longevity of Saskatoon’s road and sidewalk network. Millions of dollars have been invested into Saskatoon’s most aggressive construction program since the establishment of a $61 million annual levy in 2014,” he said.

Work on roads and sidewalks was co-ordinated with underground utility work to reduce impact to residents, save costs and increase efficiency.

“As for safety in our construction work zones, we are pleased to report that we’ve had zero life-threatening incidents this year,” says Schmidt. “There has been less traffic on our roadways due to the pandemic, but we also believe drivers are getting the message through our annual marketing campaign.”

A series of construction highlight infographics are also available at saskatoon.ca/construction.

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