SASKATOON, SASK. - Road, sidewalk, water and sewer improvements are among some of the projects well underway across Saskatoon this construction season.
"The volume of construction we're undertaking this year is unprecedented, and there will be a very noticeable improvement at the end of this construction season," said Celene Anger, the City of Saskatoon's director of construction and design, in a statement. "Since 2013, residents have been telling us through our annual Civic Services Survey that the condition of our roads is the single biggest issue facing Saskatoon. We're working to answer that call and have made tremendous progress since we started the Building Better Roads program."
Resurfacing work has started on stretches of Airport Drive, Circle Drive and Idylwyld Drive. Resurfacing means removing a layer of deteriorated pavement and replacing it with a new layer of asphalt, leaving a smooth and stable driving surface, explains a release from the city.
The city has also started microsurfacing, which requires warmer temperatures for successful application. Microsurfacing is a preservation surface treatment that leaves the road in a newer condition. It's applied to weathered or worn road surfaces that are structurally sound.
Throughout this summer, close to 4,000 sidewalk panels have been replaced and an additional 765 panels have received a maintenance treatment. Nearly 700 kilometres of roadway and crosswalk lines have been painted and grading of gravel back lanes is taking place in more than 40 neighbourhoods, the release reads.
Crews are also working on significant water and sewer upgrades, including the replacement of dated underground infrastructure and approximately 900 lead water service pipes to homes and businesses.
For 2017, city council invested more than $61 million on the construction and maintenance of roads, sidewalks, back lanes, plus water and sewer infrastructure. This is roughly $2 million more than last year and around $8 million more than in 2015, the city explained.