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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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  • Contact us by using our online form 
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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's more than half the city's communities!  There will also be improvements to key intersections, replacement/upgrade work on water mains and sanitary sewer mains, and 1,009 water/sewer connections. Building Better Roads is also working to continue improving street sweeping, pothole patching, sidewalk rehabilitation, back lane upgrades, road construction and repair, as well as snow and ice management when the time comes.

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.

Reroute Your Commute! Plan your route around road work by checking out the Road Restrictions & Construction Projects map, subscribing to Traffic Detour Service Alerts or following our progress updates on Facebook and Twitter

2017 Watermain, Sanitary Lining and Lead Water Pipe 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 - Nearing completion 

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 September 1: 

  • 1488 metres of watermain has been removed and/or replaced;
  • 56 connections have been replaced;
  • 1570  metres  of sewer main has been lined at holiday park location; 
  • 1700 lane meter Paving completed including sidewalk concrete replacement

Remaining work:  

  • Paving the 1200 BLK of Avenue K S
  • Paving of Schuyler Street between Avenue K and Avenue L
  • Project is on schedule
  • Holiday Park Phases

Caswell Hill  (Avenue C, D, E and F north)  

Caswell Hill  (Aveune C, D, E and F North) (map)

Major Neighbourhood Water and Sewer Renewal Work Begins  (news release) 

Project update as of mid-September:

  • Temporary water mains have been set up; 
  • Detours are in place;
  • Excavations currently along:
    • 1000 Block Ave C
    • 900 Block Ave D
  • 2,000 metres of water main a has been removed and/or replaced;
  • 3,575 metres of sewer main has been lined;
  • 120 lead water connections have been replaced;
  • Paving of Phase 3 is underway, Phase 4 expected to start mid-September;
  • Concrete work (sidewalk work) is ongoing;
  • Project is estimated to be complete by the end of October;

Caswell Hill (Avenue F & G)

This project is now complete.

Buena Vista (Taylor Street)

Buena Vista (Taylor Street)

Taylor Street Water System Rehabilitation

This project is now complete.

Buena Vista (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Street)

Buena Vista (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Street)

 Project Timeline: May 18th until September 30th

 Project Update:  As of July 13 the following work had been done:

  • 550m of water main has been completed
  • 55 lead replacement connections are complete
  • Work to complete major tie-in to existing water mains complete at Lorne and 5th
  • Road resurfacing complete on 4th St E and 3rd St E
  • Project is on schedule for a completion date of the end of September 2017 

Nutana  (10th Street & Victoria)

Nutana  (10th Street & Victoria)

Victoria Ave and 10th St. E. Water System Rehabilitation

Started: May 24, 2017. Expected completion date: October 31, 2017

Project status as of end-August:  


Project status as of end-July:

  • Temporary water mains are in place on the 500 and 400 block of 10th St. E.
  • Detours are in place on 10th St. E. from Eastlake Ave. to Victoria Ave and on Victoria Ave. from 8th St. E. to 9th St. E.
  • 200 metres of water main has been removed and replaced
  • 850 metres of sanitary sewer main has been lined
  • 20 service connections have been replaced, including 19 lead water connections
  • 200 meters of excavation has been backfilled
  • Paving has been completed on 10th St. E from Broadway Ave. to Eastlake Ave.
  • Concrete work in ongoing
  • The project is estimated to be complete by October 31st

Project status as of mid-June:

  • Temp water mains in place on 500 and 400 blk of 10th St. E.
  • Detours in place on 10th St. E. from Broadway Ave back alley to back alley of Eastlake Ave. Intersection of Eastlake and 10th is closed
  • 140 metres of water main a has been removed and replaced
  • 850 metres of sanitary sewer main has been lined
  • 10 service connections have been replaced including 9 lead water connections
  • 100 meters of excavation has been backfilled
  • Paving has started (or paving is estimated to start on July 4, 2017 barring unforeseen issues)
  • Concrete work has not started
  • Project is estimated to be complete by October 31st. Phase 1 (10th St. E. from Broadway to Eastlake) is to be completed by July 14th.

Westmount (Avenue F & Avenue G)

Westmount (Avenue F & Avenue G)

Avenue J and 29th St. W has been postponed until Spring 2018
Avenue F N. between 29th St. W. and 28th St. W.
Avenue G N. between 28th St. W. and Rusholme Rd.
Avenue F N. between Rusholme Rd. and Bedford Rd.

Work started July 4, 2017

Work is scheduled to be completed August 11, weather permitting.

Project status:

  1. 195 meters of water main has been abandoned and replaced.
  2. 140 meters of sanitary sewer has been replaced
  3. Three lead service connections have been replaced
  4. Three new fire hydrants have been installed
  5. 335 meters of excavation has been backfilled
  6. Concrete work is ongoing
  7. Paving will begin on August 2nd.

Work is being completed in three phases. These phases are shown on the map below.

  1. Phase 1 - Ave F N. from 29th St. W. to 28th St. W. (10 days, July 5 to July 14)
  2. Phase 2 – Ave. G N. from 28th St. W. to Rusholme Rd. (15 days, July 12 to July 26)
  3. Phase 3 – Ave F N. from Rusholme Rd. to Bedford Rd. (10 days – July 19 to August 11)


3rd Avenue North 
Lorne Avenue

8th Street Ramp to Idylwyld Drive Closed for Water, Sewer & Paving Work

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Idylwyld access on-ramp at 8th Street and Lorne Avenue was be closed for water and sewer connection upgrades. This roadway was paved immediately following the infrastructure work.  

Avenue H South
22nd Street West

Project Complete.

22nd Street East

Project Complete.

Intersection Improvements

 The Intersection Improvement Project Selection Process was formalized in 2015 to prioritize key intersections that would benefit from improvements as identified during the Neighbourhood Traffic Review. 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.

22nd Street 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.

51st Street and Warman Road

Intersection Improvements at 51st Street & Warman Road Complete Ahead of Schedule.

This intersection has seen a 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.

Preston Avenue and Taylor Street 

Taylor & Preston Intersction to See Major Improvements.

Intersection improvements are complete at the location.

The improvements to this intersection include:

  • Construction of a dedicated left turning lane from Preston southbound onto Taylor to improve traffic flow and reduce delays.
  • Construction of dedicated right turning lane from Taylor westbound onto Preston to improve traffic flow and reduce delays.
  • Movement of the island between the intersection and right turning lane from Preston southbound onto Taylor to create a bus bay. This will allow buses to pull out of the flow of traffic to pick up and drop off passengers.
  • Improvement of the alignment of crosswalks for the ease and safety of pedestrians.
  • New lane lines to improve safety and the road user experience.

Paving/Resurfacing Projects
Central Avenue Resurfacing

Resurfacing work started on sections of Central Avenue in August 2017. The work occured in phases:

  • Phase 1:  Work at Central Avenue between Attridge Drive and Reid Road was completed in August 2017.
  • Phase 2:  Work at Central Avenue between Reid Road and 115th Street was completed in August 2017.
  • Phase 3: Work at the intersection of Central Avenue & 115th Street was completed in October 2017.

For reasons of safety and efficiency, all phases of work required a full closure of the work area. These sections of Central Avenue were identified as in need of resurfacing as part of the Building Better Roads Plan. You may refer to the Road Restrictions and Construction Projects interactive map for detailed information on traffic restrictions around this work or other active construction projects around the city.

Expressway Projects

Circle Drive - Drivers were advised to expect delays and detours on and around Circle Drive this summer.  Construction work was done at night to limit the impact to motorists and speed up the construction time.  Work was scheduled at the Clarence Avenue Ramp and at the Warman Road Loop and Ramp.  This work is now complete.

Idylwyld Drive - A four phase resurfacing project took place on Idylwyld Drive this summer that included night work, 24-hour work and alternate closures to Taylor Street and 8th Street ramps.  This work is now complete.

8th Street Ramp to Idylwyld Drive Closed for Water, Sewer & Paving Work

Weekend Night Work Closes Idylwyld Drive Access Ramps

Night Work

The majority of high traffic road resurfacing was performed at night (generally 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) this year to reduce traffic impacts. Where possible, detours will be removed and roadways will be opened during the day. Night work is not an option in areas where the roadway is in close proximity to residences and there's a risk of noise disturbances.


Microsurfacing is a surfacing treatment involving the placement of specified crushed graded aggregate with an asphalt emulsion. This treatment is placed on entire road surfaces that are structurally sound, with limited or no cracking, and with minimal surface imperfections. This treatment is typically used to address roadways with weathered or raveled surfaces.

In 2017, the microsurfacing program got underway on July 22nd and was scheduled to continued at locations throughout the city for the remainder of the summer. Microsurfacing can only begin later in the summer and continue as long as higher temperatures persist since it requires hot weather for a successful application. 

Businesses and residents adjacent to a roadway scheduled for a microsurfacing treatment will receive a construction notice in their mailbox.

Other 2017 Resurfacing Locations





Area (sq.m)




Robin Way

(-) Robin Crescent

(-) Cynthia Street





Quebec Avenue

(-) 33rd Street East

(-) 40th Street East





Ontario Avenue

(-) 36th Street East

(-) 39th Street East





Thatcher Avenue

(-) Marquis Drive

~140m South of Apex Street





Marquis Drive

(-) Highway 16

(+) Thatcher Avenue





60th Street East

(+) Miners Avenue

(-) Millar Avenue


Heavy Resurfacing



39th Street East

(-) Idylwyld Drive

(-) Quebec Avenue


Heavy Resurfacing



36th Street East

(-) Idylwyld Drive

~60m East of Quebec Ave


Heavy Resurfacing



Airport Drive NB

(-) Circle Drive

(-) Cynthia Street


Heavy Resurfacing



Project Updates:

  • All east side soundwalls have been completed.
  • 22nd street soundwall is now complete.
  • Massey Place soundwall is underway and will be complete by Sept 30.
  • Mount Royal soundwall extension will be complete by Sept 30. 
  • Transparent soundwall locations are scheduled to be complete in May 2018.

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) Program was created to help maintain the quality of the outdoor amenity space in residential areas located adjacent to high speed roadways.

TNSATNSA 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.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.

TNSATNSA 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:

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:

Central Avenue Attridge Drive to Konihowski RoadKonihowski 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 (Bridging to Tomorrow and Saskatoon Interchange Project)

The Bridging to Tomorrow Project and the Saskatoon Interchange Project are multi-year projects with their own webpages. Other major projects can be found here.

Roadway Improvements

Clarence Avenue Improvements Getting Underway.

Work at this location is now complete.

A second northbound lane was added on Clarence Avenue between Glasgow Street and Wilson Crescent. The additional lane will result in improved safety as well as reduced delays and smoother traffic flow. The need for an additional lane was identified during the Neighbourhood Traffic Review process wherein the City works with communities to identify and address local traffic concerns.  

Neighbourhood Development

Hampton Village

Beginning August 14, 2017, McClocklin Road between Claypool Drive and East Hampton Boulevard/Richardson Road will be closing for approximately 8-10 weeks in order for developers to undertake the installation of utilities and road re-construction. Road users looking to access Claypool Drive, will be detoured via Hampton Gate during construction.

The closure of McClocklin Road is necessary to accommodate the continued development of Hampton Village.