City launches summer construction program
Today, the City of Regina kicks off the 2020 construction season by announcing an investment of $79.5 million for transportation, water, wastewater and drainage projects.
“The City’s construction program provides an important boost to the economy, as well as long-term benefits to the community, such as improved drainage and an extended life cycle for our roadways,” says Mayor Michael Fougere. “This program supports our community and provides crucial employment during these challenging economic times.”
Most capital construction projects are set to begin in early June, while some multi-year projects have already started, including the Victoria Avenue Infrastructure & Beautification Project, and Albert Street South.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our timelines are shorter than usual this year, therefore, it was critical to implement strategies for increased efficiency and a reduced impact to citizens,” says Fougere. “To achieve our program goals, City staff work collaboratively with many construction partners and together, we will deliver an innovative and critical program in 2020.”
Strategic approaches for the 2020 construction season include:
- Incentive or milestone payments for the completion of work in our contracts.
- Allowing variable hours of work including nights and weekends.
- Using a variety of construction techniques to help reduce duration and disruptions.
- Advancement of construction and maintenance projects in areas like downtown to take advantage of the reduced congestion on our roads as many residents are working from home at this time.
“The health and safety of our employees, crews and community are top priority for the City of Regina,” says Kim Onrait, Executive Director of Citizen Services. “In response to COVID-19, we have implemented new working procedures and protocols for our contractors and crews. While we work hard to keep staff save this construction season, we look to residents to do their part as well. It’s critical for drivers to slow down in construction zones. Workers and their families are relying on you to be safe.”
The Road Report has been significantly updated from last year’s version, and it is now easier to identify where work is taking place. The Road Report on Regina.ca includes restrictions and closures on high-traffic roads, some collector streets and in the downtown. Visit Regina.ca/roads.