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PCL starts preliminary work on 2 new Saskatoon interchanges

PCL Construction Management has started preliminary work on two new Saskatoon interchanges. Vytai Brannan / Global News

Work has started on two new interchanges in Saskatoon.

PCL Construction Management, which was awarded the $57 million contract for the interchanges at College and McOrmond Drives and at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16, has started preliminary work on the projects.

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Starting Monday, crews will be at both locations to take 14 bulk samples to begin the groundwork for the interchanges.

“This is the very first step in what will be one of the largest combined roadway projects the City has ever done,” Celene Anger, director of construction and design for the City of Saskatoon, said in a statement.

“In our experience, we have success when the contractor takes advantage of every opportunity to stay on time – or even move ahead of schedule.”

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No lane restrictions or detours are expected over the five days crews drill for samples, but there will be construction zones with reduced speed limits in place.

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Anger said the city is committed to keeping everyone informed as the project moves forward.

“These interchanges are going to provide significant traffic improvements for citizens and how they move around our city – but it’s going to take a lot of work getting there,” Anger said.

“Our commitment to citizens is to keep the lines of communications open, and provide regular updates on the project, so that you have time to plan around the work and help keep your delays as short as possible.”

“Substantial completion” of the McOrmond-College interchange is targeted for Oct. 31, 2018, and July 31, 2019 for the Highway 16-Boychuk interchange.

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