SASKATOON – Director of public works Pat Hyde summarizes the City of Saskatoon’s progress on annual summer maintenance and infrastructure programs by saying it may not be glamorous, but civic crews have been working through the season fixing roads and infrastructure.
“The spring blitz program for sweeping and potholes. Then we carry on to our city-wide street sweeping program. We did multiple other programs such as bridge sealing, bridge cleaning, guard rails, blade leveling, as well as back lane maintenance programs,” said Hyde.
On the contentious issue of potholes, the city says it got a good handle on the situation thanks to the popularity of the online report a pothole app.
“We’ve had about 2,800 potholes reported on the pothole app and we have about 60 per cent of those completed,” said Hyde.
Mother Nature was on the city’s side. The nice weather was an essential to keeping most maintenance plans on schedule.
“We’ve had a very good start to the programs because it has been unusually dry. For both spring and early summer conditions, which really helped us kick start the programs. It made a huge impact,” said Hyde.
As the summer months come to a close crews are beginning to wind down their construction season.
However, in preparation for the first snowfall a tentative final street sweep is scheduled for Oct. 18.