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Major Rehabilitation Project Set to Begin on Overpass in Saskatoon

Released on June 18, 2015

Weekly Construction Update

The overpass on Highway 16 over Idylwyld Drive in the northwest part of Saskatoon will be getting a $2.7 million rehabilitation and upgrade this season.

Work includes upgrades to barriers and guardrails, internal structural repairs and concrete replacement.  Crews will also remove and rebuild the paved surface of the bridge.

The overpass will be closed throughout the duration of this project, which is expected to start in early July and finish up in the fall of this year.

“The overpass handles about 7,800 vehicles a day,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “This project will ensure the overpass is sound for years to come as traffic in Saskatoon continues to grow.”

A major detour will be in place to accommodate traffic during the overpass closure.  The detour will include cross-overs to accommodate two-way traffic at south and north locations on both sides of the overpass and will be constructed the week of June 22.  In addition, the Ministry is partnering with the City of Saskatoon to ensure safe and efficient traffic flow throughout construction.

“The City of Saskatoon is pleased to see work on this overpass get underway,” Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison said.  “This extensive rehabilitation project is going to preserve this important piece of infrastructure for years to come and benefit thousands of commuters and visitors to the Saskatoon region.”

The weekly construction update provides Saskatchewan residents with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel throughout the summer and fall.

Additional travel information about emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities can also be found on the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/live/transportation/highway-hotline.  It's also available by calling 306-787-7623 in Regina, 306-933-8333 in Saskatoon, the SaskTel cellular network at *ROAD, and toll-free across Canada at 1-888-335-7623.

Drivers are reminded to slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers and observe the posted speed limits in construction zones.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested a record $5.2 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.

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For more information, contact:

Sonja Orban
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8484
Email: sonja.orban@gov.sk.ca

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