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CITY ADOPTS “AGRESSIVE APPROACH” FOR BRIDGE & OVERPASS SNOW CLEARING
The City has changed the way it clears snow from bridges and overpasses. This action follows concerns that on December 30, 2013, accumulated snow along the barriers on the Circle Drive North bridge aided an out of control vehicle to jump the barrier and fall into the river.
“The City is extremely thankful the woman involved in this incident was able to get to safety without major injury and it wishes her a quick recovery,” Pat Hyde, Director of Public Works says.
Given the recent power disruptions in Central and Eastern Canada, the Saskatoon Fire Department and the Emergency Measures Organization would like to remind everyone that in the event of loss of electrical power during cold weather requiring the use of an alternative source of power, the following key safety rules should be followed:
As Environment Canada forecasts, Saskatoon and area could face extreme gusts and sustained winds into this evening. Environment Canada also forecasts falling temperatures, which may affect road conditions.
The City anticipated, and was prepared for, a number of service disruptions or operational challenges.
The City is clearing and removing snow on certain high-density parking streets in a proactive response to minimize the potential for ruts developing and creating driving issues.
The City of Saskatoon (City) is pleased to invite independent artists or teams of artists to submit applications for its Placemaker Program that provides temporary public art to key commercial districts in Saskatoon.
Proposals may be two or three dimensional work, installations, interventions. or digital media, such as video projection; proposals may offer participatory experiences or include performance components.
Starting Thursday, January 9, 2014, crews will begin pruning trees on civic property in City Park as part of the City of Saskatoon’s (City) overall boulevard tree maintenance program. Varsity View will follow on Monday, January 13, 2014.
The City of Saskatoon (City) Business License Program is pleased to announce the launch of Business License Online. This new tool provides a convenient method for business operators to apply for or renew their Business License online. It is safe, easy to use, and accepts payments from major credit cards. New business license applications and renewals may continue to be submitted by mail or in person.
The process underway for the City Wide Snow Clearing is to use graders to clear, or push, the snow from the roadway and into storage along the curbs. The program is not designed as a load out or snow removal program. This is a proactive approach designed to reduce the snow pack on roadways in order to prevent the potential for ruts to form as the snow pack increases through successive snowfalls and/or temperatures rise.
Environment Canada forecasts, Saskatoon and area could face extreme wind gusts of up to 100-110 kilometres per hour today, January 15, 2014.
As the force of such high winds may be destructive, the City is prepared to handle potential service disruptions throughout the wind storm. Crews from Saskatoon Light & Power, Public Works and Transportation will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and promptly respond to issues as they arise.
AIRPORT DR NB LANES CLOSED BETWEEN GATEWAY BLVD & SASKATOON AIRPORT
Two-way traffic set in SB lanes. 45th St W also closed from Koyl Ave to Airport Dr.
Start: August 20, 1:00 p.m. End: October 29, 6:00 p.m.
IDYLWYLD DR SB CURB (OUTSIDE) LANE CLOSED APPROACHING 29TH ST
Restrictions will be reset daily
Start: August 20, 9:00 a.m. End: August 22, 3:00 p.m.
Environment Canada forecasts the extreme gusts and winds in Saskatoon and area to drop off over the evening to more moderate levels after 10:00 p.m. However, evening temperatures are expected to drop which increases the likelihood of slippery road conditions. Sanding crews will be working on priority roads overnight and into the early morning hours. Please give yourself extra time when traveling, as it will take time to cover the city with sand once temperatures start dropping.
As of December 31, 2013, City of Saskatoon Building Standards has issued building permits valuing $1,088,500,000 ($1.1 billion), which again exceeded the record total permit value by 0.6 percent ($1,082,100,000).
The dollar figure translates to 5,020 permits issued, which was very close to the record total set in 2012 of 5,196 permits issued.
Starting at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, the Broadway Bridge eastbound curb lane will be closed while City crews thaw a storm water outfall below the bridge that is causing surface flooding. The eastbound pedestrian walkway will also be closed during this process.
The roadway is expected to re-open by 2:00 p.m., weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances. The City thanks everyone for their patience.
Traffic is being restricted on Confederation Drive northbound at 22nd Street due to a break on the water main. City crews will be on-site making repairs beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, but the restriction is in place now due to damage that occurred on the roadway. Traffic will squeeze to the curb lane for half of the block between 22nd Street and the main west entrance to the Confederation Park shopping mall.
Starting today, citizens of Saskatoon have another way to provide feedback and ideas on the City of Saskatoon’s programs and initiatives.