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City of Saskatoon eyes twinning University Bridge

Known as the City of Bridges it should come as no surprise that the City of Saskatoon is mulling over the idea of adding another core bridge at 24th Street.

The idea will be presented at a Feb. 25 open house with the launch of a new public consultation process dubbed Growingfwd.ca. There, director of planning and development, Alan Wallace said consultants will bring the idea forward and gauge the public’s reaction.

“We’re talking about core bridge capacity and that’s really tied to things like transit and higher volumes of traffic into our city centre,” Wallace said Tuesday.

Fire chief calls for long-term strategy for rail safety

Saskatoon’s fire chief says open lines of communication between emergency managers and the rail companies is the key to rail safety.

“Knowing the commodity that you’re dealing with is the basis of response,” Fire Chief Dan Paulsen said.

“It’s also the quantity of product coming through the city. One car load of chlorine as compared to 1,000 helps you identify risk levels.”

Charges laid in fatal pedestrian collision

A 28-year-old Saskatoon man has turned himself into police nearly six months after a fatal pedestrian collision in the city.

The collision occurred on the 100 block of Molloy Street back on July. 3, 2013. Two pedestrians had been struck by a vehicle, which also struck a parked pickup truck.

The pedestrians and the driver were all taken to hospital with injuries, but one of the pedestrians, a 61-year-old man, later died.

The accused, who was 27 at the time of the collision is facing a number of charges including impaired driving cause death.

Saskatoon officer charged with assault

A 12-year-member of the Saskatoon Police Service has been charged with  common assault following a domestic incident Friday morning.

Around 4 a.m. police were were called to a home on Rosewood Boulevard about a domestic dispute. After speaking to the man and woman in the home, police arrested the man, 40-year-old Const.Robert Brown who was off duty. The woman was not injured.

A police spokesperson said Brown remains on active duty and an a review of the incident would take place at the end of the court process.

Group rallies behind alternative bridge concepts

A city centre bridge for everyone, to enhance recreational facilities in the city’s core and connect River Landing to Rotary Park.

That’s the vision for the Traffic Bridge according to the Saskatoon group SCRUB (Saskatoon Coalition to Revisit and Reimagine our Urban Bridge).

“We’re missing a huge opportunity to invest in something that’s going to add to the city of Saskatoon, add to our quality of life make this a destination city, which a Traffic Bridge won’t do,” SCRUB organizer Marcel D’Eon said Thursday.

Thick ice forces City of Saskatoon to postpone snow clearing program

The City of Saskatoon has postponed its snow clearing program amid fluctuating temperatures and thick ice.

Saskatoon's roller coaster temperatures, which fluctuated between 7 C and -30 C in the past two weeks, have caused an impenetrable top layer of ice on residential roads and the clearing machines can't get a grip.

“It’s extremely difficult for the graders to cut into that (ice),” Director of Public Works Pat Hyde said.

Highway 11 interchange coming for Stonebridge

While the city draws up the next interchange at Highway 11 and Victor Road in Stonebridge, exactly how it will look and how soon it can be built still hangs in the balance.

“The Stonebridge neighbourhood has paid for a good portion of this as well we’ve collected interchange levies from other developments but we haven’t collected any funding from the undeveloped lands,” city manager Murray Totland said Monday.

Petition started to support North Commuter Parkway Project

An online petition has started circling in Saskatoon to maintain support behind the North Commuter Parkway Project.

The new North Bridge petition was started by Ward 10 Councillor Zach Jeffries.

"I heard time and time and time again that this was a top priority for folks in this area... and now I'm letting them make their voices heard loud and clear via this petition," Jeffries said on the Brent Loucks Show.

Highway reopens after two vehicle crash near Warman


A two vehicle crash south of Warman sent three people to hospital and caused a partial closure of Highway 11 Friday.

Around noon Warman RCMP were at the scene of a single vehicle accident when a Cobalt rear-ended a Oldsmobile Alero.

The second accident occurred while RCMP had one southbound lane closed as they assisted a tow truck driver removing the first vehicle from the ditch.

City of Saskatoon eyes new governance model


It's been 18 years since Saskatoon City Council reviewed the way it operates.

And in that time, city manager Murray Totland said there's a feeling that the city has outgrown its current governance model.

"We're 60,000 more people (since 1995). I think particularly when you look at the last 5 years, things are changing quite rapidly in Saskatoon. The complexity and diversity of issues we face, I think, is quite a bit different," he said during a media briefing at City Hall.
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