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Building Better Roads: Airport Drive Construction

News Release
For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 14, 2014

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ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO EASE CONGESTION AT SASKATOON’S AIRPORT

The City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Airport Authority are jointly funding a $2.25 million road construction project to ease congestion and improve traffic flow in and out of Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker International Airport.

“Over the past 10 years the number of passengers in and out of Saskatoon’s airport has increased by more than 82% with over 1.3 million travellers in 2013,” says Ben Robb, Saskatoon Airport Authority Chair. “As the City continues to grow and passenger numbers increase we need a first class roadway for a first class airport.”

“We are undertaking major intersection improvements as well as widening both Airport Drive and 45th Street West, which will allow for better traffic flow and faster commutes to and from the airport,” says Chris Hallam, Director of Construction and Design at the City of Saskatoon. “We anticipate there will be traffic delays and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time to get to and from the airport during construction.”

To minimize disruption to traffic the work has been broken into two phases, the first phase of work, already underway, consists of widening Airport Drive north of 45th Street West to two lanes. This is expected to have minimal impact on drivers.

The second phase, due to begin August 18th, consists of widening Airport Drive from Cynthia Street to the airport and widening 45th Street West approaching Airport Drive. Traffic lights will also be installed at the intersection of 45th Street West and Airport Drive. During this phase 45th Street West will be closed and traffic will be detoured. Airport Drive will also be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Construction is expected to last a total of approximately three months, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Airport Authority thank the public for their patience as we work together to improve access to Saskatoon’s growing airport.

For up to date information on these and other road restrictions, construction project timelines and schedules use our Road Restrictions and Construction Projects interactive map at saskatoon.ca/go/maps or under Building Better Roads at saskatoon.ca.
Slow down, pay attention and respect work zones. Watch for pedestrians and work crews, and for everyone’s safety, please obey all detours, signs and barriers.
Know before you go! Plan your route around road work by checking our Road Restrictions and Construction Projects interactive map.  Find traffic detour information on our saskatoon.ca homepage or subscribe to our Traffic Detour Service Alerts. You can also follow us on Twitter @cityofsaskatoon and with #betterroadsYXE and like Saskatoon City News on Facebook.

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Media, for more information:
Chris Hallam
Director of Construction and Design
City of Saskatoon
306-975-8367

Ben Robb
Board Chair
Saskatoon Airport Authority
306-477-0655

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