REGINA, SASK. - The City of Regina's 2017 construction season has officially launched, acting on the city's priority of improving infrastructure.
Crews have already been on the job in a number of locations across the community, beginning work on a $70-million investment in transportation, water, wastewater and drainage.
This year's construction projects include residential roads ($12 million), arterial, collector and expressway renewal ($13.5 million), bridges ($5.9 million) and water, wastewater and drainage ($38 million).
"In an unprecedented year when we have had to re-open our budget and make significant adjustments, we are ensuring that our infrastructure investments remain whole," said Mayor Michael Fougerein in a statement.
The Residential Road Renewal Program improves streets and sidewalks at the neighbourhood level through a three-pronged approach — preservation, renewal and rebuilding. There are 68 projects featuring 19.8 kilometres of roadways scheduled for construction in 2017.
The city maintains 21 bridges over waterways, 19 overpasses over roadways and railways, eight rail underpasses, 36 pedestrian bridges and 12 kilometres of guardrails.
In addition to a maintenance program to improve structure longevity, 2017 construction includes the Ring Road Southbound over Victoria Avenue, which will undergo a major rehabilitation along with the Wascana Parkway over Ring Road.
Major water, wastewater and drainage projects include:
- Watermain relining/replacement of 3 kilometres along Dufferin Road, Daffodil Crescent, Darke Crescent, McNiven Avenue
- Sewermain relining of approximately 17 kilometres along 15th Avenue and 7th Avenue
- Installation of the third wastewater force main from the McCarthy Boulevard Pumping Station to the Waste Water Treatment Plant of 4.3 kilometres
- Installation of larger drainage pipes to increase system capacity along 5th Avenue North, as well as south west of Arcola Avenue, north of Victoria Avenue.
With the amount of work being done across the community, there will be detours and traffic delays.
"One of our highest priorities is the safety of our employees," said Karen Gasmo, Regina's executive director of transportation and utilities in a statement.
"Crews often work in potentially dangerous locations including along high-speed roadways. Please slowdown in construction zones."