REGINA — Crews in Regina have started work on a street infrastructure renewal project in the city’s downtown along Albert Street between Victoria Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive.
City officials stated the goal is to improve drainage, extend the lifecycle of the infrastructure and create a smoother driving experience. Work will include replacing sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, curbs and gutters, as well as resurfacing the roadway. A new centre median will be installed between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue to improve safety by reducing the risk of right-angle collisions that occur with mid-block left turns.
“It is fantastic to see investments taking place in the heart of our city to improve sidewalks and drivability,” said Mayor Sandra Masters in a press release. “These improvements in downtown are in preparation for upcoming events that will welcome people back to our hotels, restaurants and shops in 2022 — such as the Saskatchewan Winter Games and Grey Cup.”
The city expects work to wrap up in early August if weather permits.
Albert Street typically sees upwards of 50,000 vehicles per day as one of Regina’s major routes. To help maintain traffic flow during construction, Albert Street will remain restricted to one lane in both directions for as much of the project as possible. Drivers may want to consider alternate routes.
In 2021, the city is investing a total of $2.3 million in the downtown which includes road and sidewalk projects on Scarth and Lorne streets. Scarth and Lorne streets will also have updated pedestrian walkways and newly paved road surfaces.