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Idylwyld Drive over 19th St Rehabilitation Project

Bridge maintenance work on Idylwyld Drive over 19th Street overpass 

This project started in the fall of 2015 and needed extensive concrete repairs, which extended the project timeframe. Key structural components were repaired, which will ensure the bridge continues to be safe and structurally sound well into the future.

In an effort to reduce the overall cost of bridge structures, the City focuses on preservation in order to protect the financial investment as well as maximize the sustainability of the infrastructure. The City’s Bridge Strategy moving forward includes the rehabilitation of at least two bridge/overpass structures per year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What’s the scope of repairs?

A. The scope of work will cover both concrete repairs and replacement of expansion joint seals.  

Q. Why was this project scheduled to start in mid-September?

A. This work was planned as part of the City’s bridge minor maintenance program. With the University Bridge rehabilitation complete, along with work wrapping up at Cloverleaf, this was the best time to begin work on Idylwyld.

Q. How has the City planned the project so as to minimize the impacts to traffic?

A. The City has planned the project in two phases, with Phase 1 being the only timeframe that will require 24-hour lane restrictions. Once Phase 1 is complete Phase 2 will have night restrictions only on alternating areas. The project was also planned in coordination with other major construction projects around the City to minimize city-wide disruptions.

Q. Should I reroute my commute?

A. The City has planned and phased the work to minimize impacts to traffic and allow access to Sid Buckwold Bridge. However, there will be delays and residents may consider rerouting their commute.

Q. How old is the bridge infrastructure under repair?

A. The Idylwyld Drive and 1st Avenue overpasses over 19th Street were both constructed in 1965. 

Q. What’s the budget for this bridge maintenance work?

A. The repairs to the deteriorated concrete as well as the expansion joint replacements will cost the City approximately $350,000.

Q. What’s the City’s 'Bridge Strategy'?

A. In an effort to reduce the overall cost of the bridge structures, the City focuses on preservation in order to protect the financial investment as well as maximize the sustainability of the infrastructure.The Bridge Strategy includes the rehabilitation of an average of 2 bridge/overpass structures per year. The Ruth Street Overpass is slated for rehabilitation in 2016.

Q. How is the City communicating this project with the Saskatoon public?

A. The City is communicating about this project through the media, newspaper and radio ads, advance digital signboards stationed on the Idylwyld Freeway, Public Service Announcements, Traffic Detour Service Alerts, the City Construction Map,  @YXEServiceAlert on Twitter, and digital content on the City’s website and Facebook Account.