SASKATOON – It’s spring time in Saskatoon and with an increase in temperature comes an increase in road construction zones. The city announced it’s investing $59-million into roads in 2016.
“Improving current road conditions and traffic flow is a significant portion of this construction season,” said Jeff Jorgenson, the city’s transportation and utilities general manager.
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This summer, over 200 kilometres of roads will be improved, including Broadway Avenue, Circle Drive from the Idylwyld Overpass to 33rd street, and College Drive between Preston and Central Avenues.
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Work will also start on interchanges at McOrmond and College Drives and Highway 16 and Boychuk Drive.
“Residents will also see further development in newer neighbourhoods, park development in seven neighbourhoods, new sound attenuation walls, new pathways, and sidewalk preservation,” said Jorgenson.
He added that they have been able to exceed the initial 2013 project plan by 44 per cent due to improvements in construction processes.
“In total in 2016 it’ll be $6-million more than 2015 and that is up significantly from previous years,” said Jorgenson.
Also included in the total cost projections for this year are street sweeping, pothole patching, back lane upgrades, and snow and ice management.
Details of construction projects can be found at the City of Saskatoon’s website.