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Building Better Roads in a Neighbourhood Near You

 
Building Better Roads is Saskatoon’s most aggressive program of road construction, repairs and maintenance ever. The program started in 2014 after the 2013 Civic
Services Survey identified road conditions as the single most important issue affecting our city, and citizens told us they support increased investment in our roadways.

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In 2017, the focus of the $61 million budget will be spent in improving sidewalks and roadways in local neighbourhoods.  Over 205 residential lane kilometres in more than 44  neighbourhoods will see improvements.  That more than half the city's communities!  There will also be improvements to key intersections, replacement work water mains, sanitary sewer mains and 1009 water/sewer connections!   Building Better Roads is also working to continuing improving street sweeping, pothole patching sidewalk rehabilitation, back lane upgrades, road construction and repair, as well as snow and ice management

Our goal is to provide you with the most current information available on larger Building Better Roads projects taking place in 2017.  For regular updates on road restrictions and smaller construction projects taking place throughout the city, check our Road Restrictions and Construction Project Map.

 

Major Construction Projects 2017

2017 Water Main, Sanitary Lining and Lead Water Replacement Initiative

2017 Water Main, Sanitary Lining and Lead Water Replacement Initiative is a 10 year project designed to replace/repair aging water mains and sanitary lining and to replace over 4900 lead water pipes still remaining in our city.  This summer there will be 7 projects completed in the city in Holiday Park, Caswell Hill, Buena Vista, Nutana, and Westmount.  Work completed this year will be paid for as part of the $2 billion Cleanwater Waste Water Fund. 

Holiday Park - Underway

The Holiday Park Project involves multiple Water & Sewer and Roadway phases.  Work started on April 3 and is expected to last approximately 6 months, ending in early October.

Project status as of mid-June: 

  • Temporary water mains have been set up;
  • Detours are in place;
  • Pits have been dug and restored along:
    • 1100, and 1200 block of Spadina Crescent W
    • 900 block of Dudley St   
  • 600 metres of watermain has been removed and/or replaced;
  • 1570 metres of sewer main has been lined;
  • 30 connections have been replaced;
  • 22 lead water connections have been replaced;
  • Paving completed at:
    • 1100 and 1200 block of Spadina Crescent W
    • 900 block Dudley St
  • Concrete work (sidewalk work) is nearing completion;
  • Project is on schedule

 

  • Holiday Park Phases

Caswell Hill - Underway

Major Neighbourhood Water and Sewer Renewal Work Begins   

Project update as of mid-June:

  • Temporary water mains have been set up; 
  • Detours are in place;
  • pit has been dug along:
    • 1000 Block Ave E
    • 1000 Block Ave D
  • 250 metres of water main a has been removed and/or replaced;
  • 3575 metres of sewer main has been lined;
  • 35 lead water connections have been replaced;
  • Paving of Phase 1 started May 29th 
  • Concrete work (sidewalk work) is underway;
  • Project is estimated to be complete by the end of September;

Westmount - summer 2017

 

Buena Vista - summer 2017

Work at Buena Vista started on May 18th and is expected to last approximately 19 weeks, finishing at the end of September.

Project update as of mid-June.

  • Temporary water mains have been set up as required;
  • Detours are in place;
  • 350 m of water main has been installed;
  • 40 lead replacement connections are complete;
  • Work to complete major tie-in to existing water mains is underway;
  • Road resurfacing work commencing on 4th St E starts at the end of June;
  • Project is on schedule;

Nutana - summer 2017

 

  

Intersection Improvement

 The Intersection Improvement Project Selection Process was formalized in 2015 to prioritize key intersections that would benefit from improvements. This year, the intersections of Diefenbaker Drive and 22nd Street, Preston Avenue and Taylor Street, and Warman Road and 51st Street have been identified by this process as priority intersections.  The announcement was made May 18.

22 West and Diefenbaker Drive

Work at the intersection where 22nd Street West meets Diefenbaker Drive is now complete!   The improvements will reduce delays, allow for easier movements, and create an overall safer intersection.

Improving the efficiency and safety of Saskatoon intersections is part of the City's Building Better Roads program, a multi-year plan to improve the quality of Saskatoon's road and road support infrastructure. Through the Building Better Roads program, the average roadway treatment cycle has improved from once every 83 years in 2011 to once every 18 years in 2017. More proactive treatment means better roads.

51 Street and Warman Road

Work started at this intersection on Tuesday, May 23rd and is expected to last 11 weeks.

This intersection will see the realignment of pedestrian islands and medians and the introduction of an additional dedicated northbound left turn lane and new protected southbound left turn lane. These additions will improve safety and prepare the intersection for the change in traffic patterns that is expected with the opening of the North Commuter Parkway in 2018.  

This is one of the city’s busiest intersections and managing traffic flow carefully during construction is critical to maintaining safety and reducing delays.   During this 11-week project, lane restrictions and closures will be in place.  Extra time has been taken to explore every opportunity to reduce the impact construction will have on drivers.  Opportunities that will further improve the traffic flow at peak hours have been identified that include extra north bound lanes being open between 4-6 pm to allow for traffic to flow more freely.  Work will also be completed in three phases to minimize disruption to businesses, residents, and motorists. 

Advance construction notices were delivered to surrounding businesses and residents and message boards have been placed at key locations identifying project timelines and locations. 

Preston Avenue and Taylor Street 

Starting in early July, the intersection of Preston Avenue and Taylor Street will see the addition of a turning lane which will improve traffic flow and safety.  Work at this intersection was scheduled during the summer months to limit the impact to schools in the surrounding areas.

 

Victoria Avenue Rehabilitation  - Details Coming Soon!
Paving and Resurfacing Projects

UPDATE:  Work at Marquis Drive/Thatcher Avenue is complete.  (June 23).

Road crews will be paving on priority expressways starting in June and continuing until mid-October.

The majority of road resurfacing will be performed at night (7pm-7am).  During the day, traffic detours will be removed and roadways will be opened to the public. This will lower the impact to motorists and keep traffic flowing.

One area that will have full road closures will be the on and off ramps at Circle Drive and Warman Road.  Those will happen late in the summer and for safety reasons these can’t be done with lane restrictions and require complete closures

For a complete list of priority roadways that will receive microsurfacing this year visit the city’s Road Restrictions & Construction Projects Interactive Maps.  Schedule dates will be added as soon as they are available.

Class

On

From

To

Area (sq.m)

Treatment

 
 

Local

Robin Way

(-) Robin Crescent

(-) Cynthia Street

2,893

Resurfacing

 

Arterial

Quebec Avenue

(-) 33rd Street East

(-) 40th Street East

16,337

Resurfacing

 

Collector

Ontario Avenue

(-) 36th Street East

(-) 39th Street East

7,075

Resurfacing

 

Collector

Thatcher Avenue

(-) Marquis Drive

~140m South of Apex Street

7,547

Resurfacing

 

Arterial

Marquis Drive

(-) Highway 16

(+) Thatcher Avenue

20,963

Resurfacing

 

Expressway Ramp

Circle Dr / Warman Rd NE Ramp

(-) NE Ramp from Circle Dr WB

(-) Warman Road

3,372

Resurfacing

 

Expressway Loop

Circle Dr / Warman Rd SE Loop

(-) Cirlce Drive EB

(-) Warman Road

2,194

Resurfacing

 

Expressway

Circle Drive EB

Idylwyld Drive South

Clarence Ave SE Ramp

10,786

Resurfacing

 

Expressway

Idylwyld Drive South NB

Taylor Street

Saskatchewan Cres

16,301

Resurfacing

 

Expressway Ramp

Idylwyld Dr / Taylor St NE Ramp

(-) Taylor Street

(-) Idylwyld Dr South NB

1,422

Resurfacing

 

Collector

60th Street East

(+) Miners Avenue

(-) Millar Avenue

11,397

Heavy Resurfacing

 

Collector

39th Street East

(-) Idylwyld Drive

(-) Quebec Avenue

6,105

Heavy Resurfacing

 

Collector

36th Street East

(-) Idylwyld Drive

~60m East of Quebec Ave

6,990

Heavy Resurfacing

 

Arterial

Airport Drive NB

(-) Circle Drive

(-) Cynthia Street

7,159

Heavy Resurfacing

 

 

Soundwalls -  Project Details Coming Soon!

The Traffic Noise Sound Attenuation (TNSA) Program was created to help maintain the quality of the outdoor amenity space in residential areas located adjacent to high speed roadways.

TNSA policy framework and a TNSA monitoring program with a monitoring list of potential future sound wall projects was approved by City Council in November 2016.  Locations adjacent to arterial roads or freeways/expressways with average daily traffic levels greater than 20,000 vehicles per day are included.

Potential locations will be added to the monitoring list when traffic volumes over 20,000 vehicles per day are measured.  Noise measurements will be completed every three years beginning in 2019.

TNSA Monitoring List 

During City Council's budget debate in 2013, City Council directed the Administration to borrow $15.45 million in 2016 to construct sound walls at all locations where sound level readings were 65dba or higher. Those locations are as follows:

LOCATION FROM ADJACENT NEIGHBOURHOOD
College Drive Central Avenue to McKercher Drive College Park
McKercher Drive Boychuk Drive to College Drive College Park East
College Drive McKercher Drive to Western Cresecnt College Park East
Boychuk Drive Heritage Crescent to Taylor Street  Wildwood
Circle Drive East Highway 16 to Taylor Street Lakeview
Circle Drive East Highway 16 to Taylor Street Eastview
Circle Drive West 29th Street to 31st Street Mount Royal
Circle Drive West Milton Street to Avenue W Massey Place
22nd Street Haviland Crescent to Michener Cresecent Pacific Heights

Sound attenuation will be provided at the following locations as part of the Attridge Drive Intersection Improvement Project:

LOCATION FROM ADJACENT NEIGHBOURHOOD
Central Avenue Attridge Drive to Konihowski Road Silverspring/Forest Grove
Circle Drive East Attridge Interchange Forest Grove

Transparent Sound Attenuation Walls

The use of transparent sound attenuation walls will be integrated into the 2016 Sound Attenuation Project at the following four pedestrian walkway facilities:

  1. Tache Crescent adjacent to 22nd Street, near the at-grade pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of 22nd Street and Hart Road.

  2. Dickey Crescent adjacent to 22nd Street, near the grade separated pedestrian overpass connecting the Pacific Heights neighbourhood to the Shaw Centre, Tommy Douglas Collegiate and Bethlehem Catholic High School.

  3. Carleton Drive adjacent to College Drive, near the grade separated pedestrian overpass connecting the College Park neighbourhood over College Drive at Central Avenue.

  4. Marlborough Crescent adjacent to Circle Drive West, near the pedestrian underpass connecting the Massey Place and Mount Royal neighbourhoods.

In order to achieve sound reduction and ensure a safe environment for users of pedestrian facilities, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) reviews recommended the use of transparent sound attenuation walls. Transparent sound attenuation walls will increase the level of safety for users by increasing visibility, reducing the opportunity for crime to occur, and increasing user’s perception of safety.

Concrete sound attenuation wall segments will not be constructed adjacent to the four pedestrian crossing locations for approximately one house lot width on either side of the pedestrian facility, plus any short segment of stand-alone sound attenuation wall will be transparent. Contingent upon approval from the internal Specifications and Product Review Committee, the transparent sound wall segments are scheduled to be installed in 2017.

Major Projects (North Commuter Parkway and Interchanges)

 The Saskatoon Interchange Project and the North Commuter Parkway are multi-year projects that have their own web pages.   Other major projects can be found here.

 

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