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Bridge Maintenance

Bridges and structures connect areas of Saskatoon for traffic, pedestrian and cyclist use.  The City works dilligently to ensure all bridges and structures remain safe and structurally sound. Bridges and structures includes all river crossings, overpasses, underpasses and pedestrian walkways. Work includes construction, maintenance, monitoring, repair and rehabilitation.

Activities in this program include:

  • Inspection and reporting
  • Routine maintenance including:
  • Wash expansion joints and barriers annually
  • Minor wood and concrete repairs
  • Grafitti removal
  • Signage and lighting; and
  • Develop and maintain load ratings

Preservation of the City’s bridges and structures is funded from the Bridge Major Repair Reserve. This includes maintenance and rehabilitation.

Washing, Sealing & Annual Maintenance

During the winter bridges get dirty from the gravel, sand, and anti-icing chemicals that are spread on icy roads. The debris can cause wear on the surface of the bridge and salt corrodes the steel in the bridge.

This program ensures each structure is swept and washed each year. In addition to washing, the City seals the concrete on the bridges to reduce moisture and slows the corrosion process.

Annual bridge and structure cleaning is usually done between the hours of starting at 8:00 p.m. and continuing until 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Bridges and structures generally remain open, with detours, while work is being done.

Motorists may be affected during the annual program, however, the Bridge Washing and Sealing Program prolongs the life of our bridges. 

Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to please proceed carefully, obey all detour signs, and watch for work crews in the area. Thank you for your patience, and for allowing extra time when travelling through these areas.

Wash
  • Broadway Bridge  -  June 6, 2016
  • Spadina Cres Bridge  -  June 6, 2016
  • 108th St over Circle Overpass  -  June 7, 2016
  • Sid Buckwold Bridge outside NB  -  June 8, 2016
  • Sid Buckwold Bridge outside SB  -  June 8, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr SB over Sask Crew OP  -  June 9, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over 19th St to 1st Ave. NB  -  June 9, 2016
  • Preston Dr OP over Circle Dr SB  -  June 13, 2016
  • Preston Dr OP over Circle Dr NB  -  June 13, 2016
  • Sid Buckwold Bridge inside NB  -  June 14, 2016
  • Sid Buckwold Bridge inside SB  -  June 14, 2016
  • Idylwyd Dr SB over Sask Crew OP  -  June 15, 2016
  • Circle Dr North Bridge inside WB  -  June 20, 2016
  • Circle Dr North Bridge outside EB  -  June 20, 2016
  • Circle Dr North Bridge outside WB  -  June 21, 2016
  • Circle Dr North Bridge inside EB  -  June 21, 2016
  • Warman Rd over Circle Dr OP  -  June 22, 2016
  • Circle Dr South WB over Idylwyld Dr OP  -  June 23, 2016
  • Valley Rd over Circle Dr OP  -  June 23, 2016
  • Valley Rd over CNR OP  -  June 23, 2016
  • 11th St over Circle Dr OP  -  June 23, 2016
  • CNR/CPR Interconnection Track over Circle Dr OP  -  June 27, 2016
  • CNR/CPR over Circle Dr OP north of 11th St  -  June 27, 2016
  • CPR over Circle Dr E Rail OP  -  June 27, 2016
  • Circle Dr SB over 33rd  -  June 28, 2016
  • Circle Dr NB over 22nd  -  June 29, 2016
  • Circle Dr ramp 3 @ 22nd St OP  -  June 29, 2016
  • Circle Dr 22nd St ramp 8 to Camponi  -  June 29, 2016
  • Circle Dr 22nd St ramp 5 over Confederation  -  June 29, 2016
  • Circle Dr South Bridge WB inside  -  July 4, 2016
  • Circle Dr South Bridge EB inside  -  July 4, 2016
  • Circle Dr South Bridge WB outside  -  July 5, 2016
  • Circle Dr South Bridge EB outside  -  July 5, 2016
  • Circle Dr NB over 14th  -  July 6, 2016
  • Circle Dr SB over 14th  -  July 6, 2016
  • Circle Dr NB over 8th  -  July 6, 2016
  • Circle Dr SB over 8th  -  July 6, 2016
  • Circle Dr NB over College  -  July 7, 2016
  • Circle Dr SB over College  -  July 7, 2016
  • Attridge Dr WB over Circle Dr outside  -  July 11, 2016
  • Attridge Dr EB over Circle Dr outside  -  July 11, 2016
  • Attridge Dr WB over Circle Dr inside  -  July 11, 2016
  • Attridge Dr EB over Circle Dr inside  -  July 11, 2016
  • Taylor St over Circle  -  July 12, 2016
  • McKercher Dr over College  -  July 12, 2016
  • College Dr EB over CPR OP  -  July 12, 2016
  • College Dr WB over CPR OP  - July 12, 2016
  • Clarence Ave over Circle Dr WB  -  July 13, 2016
  • Clarence Ave over CNR OP SB  -  July 13, 2016
  • Clarence Ave over Circle Dr NB  -  July 13, 2016
  • Clarence Ave over CNR OP NB  -  July 13, 2016
  • Lorne Ave over Circle Dr NB  -  July 14, 2016
  • Lorne Ave over Circle Dr SB  -  July 14, 2016
  • Pedestrian Crossings Overpasses  -  Starting July 18 - Completed
  • Pedestrian Crossings Underpasses  -  Starting July 18 - Completed
  • Complete Pedestrian Crossings  -  Starting July 18 - Completed



Wash and Seal
  • University Bridge  -  June 7, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over Sask Crew OP  -  June 8, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr SB over Taylor OP  -  June 9, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over Taylor OP  -  June 9, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr over 19th St SB  -  June 14, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr SB over 8th St OP  -  June 15, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr SB over 8th St exit ramp  -  June 15, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over Sask Crew OP  -  June 15, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over 8th St OP  -  June 15, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over 8th St exit ramp  -  June 15, 2016
  • Idylwyd Dr SB over 8th St OP  -  June 16, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr SB over 8th St exit ramp  -  June 16, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over 8th St OP  -  June 16, 2016
  • Idylwyld Dr NB over 8th St exit ramp  -  June 16, 2016
  • 51st st over Idylwyld OP  -  June 22, 2016
  • CNR over Idylwyld Dr OP  N of 39th  -  June 27, 2016
  • Circle Dr NB over 33rd  -  June 28, 2016
  • Circle Dr SB over 22nd  -  June 29, 2016


    Safety Inspections

    Each structure in the city's inventory is inspected each year. The key goals of the safety inspections is to determine if there is a safety concern with the structure, develop the minor maintenance programs, and identify critical defects that may require additional investigation.  The City also employes a qualified consultant for inspections, which allows for each structure to be inspected on a three year cycle. 

    Deck Testing

    The yearly deck testing program aims to collect detailed testing information on each structure (over a six year cycle) to determine the point the structure is within its lifespan. Once this is determined, various maintenance and rehabilitation scenarios are developed to optimize the life of the structure and minimize the cost impact on residents. The deck testing program is the essential program to determine the long term preservation plans and funding requirements to ensure our Bridges and structures maintain in good condition

    Minor Maintenance

    The minor maintenance program is completed on an annual basis under the bridges operating budget. The program deals with repairs and maintenance for each structure as determined by the internal and external inspections. The minor repairs include items such as paving, route and crack sealing, concrete patching, repairing settling issues, erosion control at bridges, bridge drainage, impact damages, Hand railing maintenance, and minor joint repairs.

    Major Rehabilitations

    Bridges have a finite lifespan and require rehabilitations to extend the life for future generations. Once a structure has been determined, by the deck testing, to require a major rehabilitation, the city prepares a tender for the design and resident engineering services. The design process is completed with the assistance of the city staff to ensure the design is economical and maintainable. The following year the design is tendered for a contractor to complete the construction of rehabilitation work.

    Develop and Maintain Load Ratings

    The City of Saskatoon develops and maintains load rating analysis for several bridge/overpass structures located throughout Saskatoon. The city has had consultants prepare load capacity charts to confirm bridge capacity for traffic as per CSA-S6-06 Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and the provincial non-permit truck configurations. The information is used within the city to development of the Long haul vehicle routes, Pick Up and Delivery Map and assist with the permitting process, to ensure vehicle loads are within safe working parameters for the bridges and structures.