The first phase of the University Bridge rehabilitation project is almost complete. Construction crews are finalizing repairs on the south side of the bridge deck, and are now preparing to begin work on the north side.
“We’re happy with how the project is progressing,” says Rob Frank, Manager of Asset Preservation. “To this point we have encountered no major surprises and we’ve had great weather, which has kept the work moving along nicely. In saying that, rain or unforeseen issues can still set us back.”
The following work has been completed on the south side of the bridge:
· Removed asphalt surface and expansion joints
· Strengthened columns and deck
· Repaired deck and installed concrete overlay to strengthen deck and provide smooth driving surface
· Removed, repainted pedestrian hand rail (still to be reinstalled)
The pedestrian walkway will remain open on the north side of the bridge until the hand rails are complete on the south side.
Once traffic patterns settled after the closure, the City’s transportation engineers made some traffic signal adjustments to support easier movement around the city. Adjustments were made at the following locations: 1st Avenue from 20th to 24th Street, Idylwyld Drive from 20th to 25th Street, Warman Road and 33rd Street, and College Drive and Circle Drive West interchange ramp.
During the closure of University Bridge, the typical weekday traffic on the City’s other bridges has increased by an average of 8.6% or 6,234 vehicles. The City will continue to monitor traffic patterns as the project continues.
* The Broadway Bridge does not have an automatic traffic counter. We will be collecting some data later in June that will help provide a sense of the traffic shifted to Broadway Bridge.
“The impacts to traffic, while not insignificant, have been manageable and Saskatoon residents have displayed a great deal of patience and understanding around this project,” says Frank. “We would again like to thank drivers for their patience as this necessary work is carried out.”
The City is continuing to encourage drivers to reroute your commute, take the bus, walk or bike. For more information visit saskatoon.ca/universitybridge.