Construction season hits Yorkton streets

Road construction season has begun, and Yorkton drivers can expect detours and delays as the city undertakes multiple construction projects.

The most visible road construction at the moment continues to be the work on Highway 9, which encompasses several projects. On the north end of the city, a new storm water channel and sanitary sewer is being constructed starting at York Road and Dracup Ave. That will lead to the culverts under the road being replaced by a bridge and open channel system. This project began in April, but the construction on the bridge started July 8. Traffic will be redirected around the area while bridge construction takes place, similar to how traffic was redirected during bridge construction on Highway 10 in previous years.

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Further south on Highway 9 is the work resurfacing the Darlington St. overpass. This project began on May 29, and is expected to take place until early Sept., weather permitting. Traffic will be redirected through Dracup Ave., though there is also a second detour for through traffic that will be implemented in July, now that construction on Highway 10 between Queen St. and Broadway St. is complete.

One project not handled by the city will be a CP Rail project, to upgrade the CP Rail crossing on Broadway St. This project will take two days, beginning on July 11, with traffic being detoured around the area from Myrtle Ave. to Second Ave.

This will be in advance of the city’s larger project on Broadway, the second part of the ‘shave and pave’ of the street, which began last year. This will stretch from the CN Rail tracks to Highway 9, and be executed in multiple phases, the first starting on July 22. That first phase will tackle the area between the CN Rail tracks and First Ave., with phases 2-4 beginning as the first is completed. One side of the street will be under construction at a time, resulting in one-way traffic down

Broadway during the duration. The project is expected to be complete by Sept. 27, weather permitting.

The Whitesand Drive drainage improvements began in May, with new That project is expected to be complete in October. It will involve new sewer pipes, completion of a drainage ditch and landscaping.

Circlebrook Dr. will be closed between Rosefield Dr. and Riverview Rd. to allow for the replacement of a water main. This project is expected to be complete by Aug. 1.

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