End of July before Circle Drive South Bridge is done

November 9, 2012 - 11:20am Updated: November 9, 2012 - 4:12pm
Circle Drive South project in Saskatoon on Nov. 2, 2012. Trelle Burdeniuk/News Talk Radio
Circle Drive South project in Saskatoon on Nov. 2, 2012. Trelle Burdeniuk/News Talk Radio

It will now likely be the end of July before traffic can travel on the Circle Drive South Bridge.

"It just wouldn't be the right thing to do to open an incomplete project," said city manager Murray Totland.

The contractor's new deadline is July 31, 2012.

Totland said an option to get traffic moving on the bridge sooner would have been to only have as single lane with a single lift of ashphalt.

However, he said that was ruled out because of worries the pavement would give out during the spring thaw.

"We were very concerned about the safety aspects of that," he said.

The $10,000 per day fine for contractor Graham-Flatiron for every day it went past the original Sept. 30 deadline could still apply. However, the fine would not apply for any days from November to the end of March.

Totland also said the contract includes exceptions for extensions where the contractor would not have to pay the fine.

document prepared for Tuesday’s city council meeting has information on the work completed to date including the river crossing segment, the structural work around the east and west sides and drainage work.

It says that the work on the Lorne Avenue and Preston Avenue interchanges and the Idylwyld flyover is about 98 per cent complete.

Completion of all new roadways including Jasper Avenue, Preston Avenue and Portage Avenue remains as work for 2013, as well as a list of other paving and miscellaneous work.

The Circle Drive South Project was scheduled to open at the end of September, but in July 2012 the contract said they would be unable to meet the deadline.

With files from News Talk Radio's Angela Hill and Trelle Burdeniuk.