Construction in Yorkton getting underway

Construction projects in the City of Yorkton will soon be getting underway once the weather cooperates.
 
Rene Richard, the director of engineering and asset management, said that they would be continuing some projects they were unable to finish last year for this year.
 
"We have some larger projects that are carrying over. We have to complete the Darlington/Mayhew reconstruction project. The contractor ran out of time due to the early winter last fall, and a portion of that project was gravel over the winter," he said. "That is a considerable amount of work there will take a few months."
 
"We should be finishing up the Dracup project," Richard continued. "We extended the pathway north of the college to Collacott Drive last year. We still have to put in a pedestrian crossing light there as well as some street light and some pathway lights."
 
Another continuing project is the new City Operation Centre.
 
"The Operations Centre is coming right along on schedule to my knowledge. It should be (completed) August/September of this year; they are just working on interior walls now, and they are moving right along. That is going to be the home of our new public works department and our fleet services division."
 
As for the money being spent on projects this year, Richard said that they have a similar budget to what they are used to.
 
"The City of Yorkton has a very aggressive capital budget over the last five/six years. We have an annual budget of just over $4 million for capital works," he said. "We basically spend a minimum of $4 million dollars on capital works."
 
The biggest project for the City in 2021 will actually see no construction take place as Richard said the York Road constriction project would be in the planning stages for this year.
 
He adds that residents will see the usual paving, road reconstruction, water sewer, and storm sewer construction projects happening this year as well.
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