REGINA – It’s the same story each year: Road construction causing headaches for drivers. However this past week in Regina, traffic delays were especially a problem on the Ring Road north.
“I think they should be working Saturdays and Sundays. It seems like everything takes so long to build here,” said one driver outside of the Northgate Mall.
“Seems to be an awful lot of it and it’s getting a lot harder to get around town. It’s a bit frustrating but I guess it needs to get done,” said another.
Crews were paving a section of the Ring Road between Argyle and Pasqua streets. Some people complained they were waiting for nearly an hour to get through on Tuesday.
“It caused some of the typical delays when we have to switch traffic over to different sides while paving,” said Karen Gasmo, Regina’s executive director of transportation and utilities. “We did have some issues as well with one of our traffic controllers, but that was fixed very quickly after we found out about it.”
Both lanes of traffic were expected to reopen Friday for rush hour.
The last time the north section of the Ring Road had a makeover was at least 15 years ago.
“This is certainly one of our biggest projects this summer. It’s about 20 per cent of our street infrastructure renewal program,” said Gasmo. “An average renewal of a road is around 15 to 20 years.”
Another major project is on College Avenue, which is expected to wrap up sometime this fall.
In total, the city undertook about 70 projects this summer at a total cost of at least $18 million.