January 26, 2016 7:43 am

Remediation starts at Saskatoon’s North Commuter Bridge site

Remediation starts of the old landfill near the construction site of Saskatoon’s North Commuter Bridge project.

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SASKATOON – Work to construct the North Commuter Bridge kicks off Tuesday and you just might be able to smell it. Environmental remediation is the first step for the area on the west side of the South Saskatchewan River by Marquis Drive.

In the 1960s and 70s, the area was used as a landfill primarily for animal fats.

The contaminated material will be removed, bringing the soil up to current environmental standards.

Remediation work is expected to take 11 days and while city officials warn the smell may be unpleasant, it is not harmful.

The North Commuter Bridge is bundled in a package with the replacement Traffic Bridge.

READ MORE: Saskatoon’s Traffic Bridge finished with a bang

Both are expected to be completed in 2018 at a cost of $252 million.

Wendy Winiewski contributed to this story

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