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Woman happy to see car pulled out of river

The woman whose car plunged into the South Saskatchewan river this winter after hitting  snow piled up against the guardrail of the Circle North Bridge is putting the terrifying accident behind her.

Breanna Pegg was glad she got to see the car when it was hauled out of the river on Monday.

Saskatoon compiles list of parties interested in bridge projects

Saskatoon city hall is moving fast on its two new bridge projects.
Monday the city released a request for qualifications to the private sector, meaning they are compiling a list of interested parties looking to take on the contract worth more than $250 million.

"This procurement process is very comprehensive and will clearly identify the most qualified private sector partner to work with the city on this important project,” Dan Willems, project manager for the city’s Bridging to Tomorrow initiative, said in a media release.

SGI pull vehicle from South Saskatchewan

From the watery depths it rose.

SGI, along with a towing company and a dive team, recovered the car that went over the Circle Drive North Bridge into the South Saskatchewan last December.

The silver Acura was hoisted up to warm and sunny bridge deck Monday afternoon, a stark contrast to the -24C December day it went in.

SGI communications supervisor Jennifer Leflar said weather and availability pushed back the recovery date.

Track Saskatoon utility cuts online

Road construction on your street doesn't always mean potholes.
Due to a long cold winter many water mains were damaged, the third highest number in 19 years, increasing the number of necessary utility cuts this spring, according to Pat Hyde, the director of public works with the City of Saskatoon.
"Utility cut is for accessing underground utilities, so it's not all water mains. It can be any number of things," Hyde said Thursday. This includes natural gas, sewer and electrical.

Slumping causes partial MVT closure at Sask. Cres. and 16th

As nature takes its course, another small section of the Meewasin Valley Trail along Saskatchewan Crescent has closed due to slumping.

A 20 meter stretch of upper trail at Saskatchewan Crescent and 16th Street is blocked off, cracks and slumping pavement is clearly visible behind the yellow plastic barricades.

“It’s a natural occurrence in the river valley, slumping like that,” Meewasin Valley Authority manager of design and development Allen Otterbein said. “This year I think it’s been lots of rain fall so water plays a significant role in it.”

Fewer West Nile carrying mosquitoes in Saskatoon

Dry, windy weather conditions in Saskatoon are taking a bit of bite out of the city's mosquito population.

A very wet spring has meant the number of nuisance mosquitoes buzzing about this year has been very high compared to previous years. However, so far very few have been of the dreaded Culex tarsalis variety.

Saskatoon bike lanes in poor condition during peak riding season

Mid-July marks the heart of the cycling season in Saskatoon but as more and more cyclists hit the road, some aren't happy with the upkeep on the city's bike lanes.

Sean Shaw is with the cycling advocacy group Saskatoon Cycles, which is now part of the City of Saskatoon Cycling Advisory Group.

"Many of the bike lanes and sharrow lanes in our city have not been repainted yet," Shaw said. "There's really a lack of awareness both for motorists and cyclists of where these exactly these lanes are because they've kind of disappeared."

City gives progress report on $32 million utility project

A big piece of future development in Saskatoon's east end is drilling its way to completion. 

The city hired contractor Michels Canada to design and bore two 1500-metre-long tunnels from College Drive and McCormand to McCormand Drive and Attridge Drive back in 2012.

The tunnels will accomodate pipes for sewage and stormwater drainage for the roughly 2500 hectare East Sector Development.

As of Tuesday, one tunnel is complete, and workers are about 120 metres into the second one, according to Michels' project manager Craig Vandaelle.

Saskatoon man pleads guilty to killing Tie Kyaw

A Saskatoon father says he's not angry that his son received a six and a half year sentence for killing a stranger on the street over a bottle of vodka.
"I'm just happy that he's away from the street and that he's going to be doing something for himself," Eldon Baptiste said outside Saskatoon Provincial Court.
That's where Bobby Joseph Baptiste, 22, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday afternoon.

Road construction behind because of rain

A rainy June has put some construction behind schedule in Saskatoon.

The City of Saskatoon said a few projects are one to two weeks behind, but they expect to catch up during July, August and September.

The city plans to resurface 178 lane kilometres of road in 2014 and so far have completed about 30 per cent of that.

Crews have finished 52 lane kilometres including recent projects on Circle Drive from College Drive to the Circle Drive North Bridge and on 51st Street between Faithfull Avenue and Wanukewin Road. For both of those projects, crews only worked at night.

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