Construction season is officially underway in Regina.
Crews are already working in a number of locations around the city, beginning work on the 70-million-dollar investment in transportation, water, wastewater, and drainage.
Mayor Michael Fougere said they are going to work aggressively on the city’s infrastructure this season.
“We’re going to get a lot of work done across the city this year, we’ve made it very clear we want to have an aggressive campaign for infrastructure renewal. So like every year we are spending a lot of money on local roads, the one per-cent that we collect every year is going to do several kilometers of work for us. We want to make sure we get this work done and that people continue to see our city being built and developed,” Fougere said on Wednesday.
The city has set aside 12-million-dollars for residential roads, 13.5-million for arterial, collector and expressway renewals, 5.9 million for bridges and 38-million dollars for water, wastewater and drainage.
Norm Kyle, Director of Roadways and Transportation for the city of Regina said he was happy to see the city sustain funding for projects after they were forced to re-open their 2017 budget.
“We have put a lot of work, planning, and scheduling into the 2017 construction season, so it was good to see that the capital funds were maintained in the budget to allow us to continue with the work because there is a lot of aging infrastructure that requires our attention,” Kyle told reporters.
A major project taking place this year is the southbound Ring Road overpass rehabilitation over Victoria Avenue.
Kyle said the main reason for not combining last years north overpass rehabilitation with this year’s project is traffic flow.
“The reason it didn’t get done at the same time is this bridge work requires us to dismantle the entire bridge deck and all the girders which for the super structure of the bridge. In order to maintain traffic one of the bridges needs to remain open,” Kyle added.
Kyle said they are expecting the southbound rehabilitation to take less time.
The city is also conducting a major rehabilitation at Wascana Parkway over Ring Road.