Saskatoon North Commuter Parkway (North Bridge)

The burning question....what about the north bridge?  This is a very common question I get during my open houses in Evergreen so I thought I would do a little research and write this post to help educate myself and others.

In short, the bridge will connect Marquis Industrial area and University Heights by extending Marquis Drive across the South Saskatchewan River and connecting to McOrmond Drive at Fedoruk Drive with a six lane bridge.  Estimated construction start date of July 2015 with a completion date of late 2017.

The below information is from the City of Saskatoon Website

The Parkway will:
  • Help support the transportation needs of citizens as the City grows by providing a critical commuter connection across the South Saskatchewan River that links the Marquis Industrial Area with Saskatoon’s northeast residential developments;
  • Reduce traffic on existing bridges, particularly the Circle Drive North Bridge, resulting in positive traffic impacts city-wide; and
  • Help to increase economic productivity in Saskatoon by significantly reducing traffic congestion in the City's North Industrial Area.
On the west side of the South Saskatchewan River:
  • Marquis Drive will be extended to connect to a new 400-metre long, six-lane bridge;
  • A six-lane arterial roadway will connect Wanuskewin Road to the bridge; and
  • Pedestrian and cyclist facilities will be constructed.
On the east side of the River:
  • McOrmond Drive will be extended to connect to the new bridge;
  • Central Avenue will be twinned and extended to intersect with McOrmond Drive;
  • Sound attenuation requirements will be evaluated for existing residential areas along Central Avenue north of Attridge Drive;
  • McOrmond Drive will be five lanes between the bridge and the intersection with Central Avenue, and then four lanes east of the intersection with Central Avenue;
  • Improvements will be made to the intersection of Central Avenue and Attridge Drive; and
  • Pedestrian and cyclist facilities will be constructed.
Traffic volume on opening day is expected to range from 14,600 to 21,700 vehicles per day. This will result in a nine per cent reduction in existing traffic using the Circle Drive North Bridge and additional reductions in traffic across the City’s other river bridges.
With a future population of 300,000, up to 40,000 vehicles are expected to use the Parkway each day. At a future population of 400,000, over 50,000 vehicles are expected to use the Parkway each day.
Based on an estimated construction start date of July 2015, a completion date for the project has been set for late 2017.

I'm sure we all will be happy when this project is completed....let the waiting game begin!

Rhonda Lavoie
Hallmark Realty and Associates Ltd
Cell: (306) 321-7299

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