SASKATOON – Work is underway to improve access and ease congestion at Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker International Airport.
With more people using the airport, the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Airport Authority are jointly funding a $2.25 million road construction project to improve traffic flow in and out of the airport.
The project will see both Airport Drive and 45th Street West widened along with major intersection improvements.
“Over the past 10 years the number of passengers in and out of Saskatoon’s airport has increased by more than 82 per cent 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.”
The first phase of the project is already underway, which will widen Airport Drive north of 45th to two lanes. Officials say this phase will have minimal impact on traffic.
The second phase starts on Aug. 18 and will impact traffic.
During that phase, Airport Drive will be widened from Cynthia Street to the airport and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
45th Street will be closed to allow for widening approaching Airport Drive. Traffic lights will also be installed at the intersection.
Construction is expected to last for three months.