The city of Saskatoon says it could cost up to a $1 million dollars to repair the Circle Drive and Highway 11 cloverleaf overpass which was struck by a large piece of farm equipment Wednesday.
It happened when a semi truck was hauling a cultivator northbound in the east lane of Highway 11. The equipment came in contact with the concrete girders causing significant damage.
Rob Frank, the city’s Engineering Manager for Asset Preservation said the overpass will require weeks of repairs this summer.
“A preliminary analysis estimates damage to the overpass at $500,000 to $1 million,” Frank said in a release.
Portions of the overpass were refurbished last summer summer. Frank said damage to the structure means lane closures and traffic restrictions will be necessary during the repairs.
The repair work is expected to be tendered in the coming weeks. Repairs could begin in late spring or early summer.
The city said insurance will cover the repair bill with no cost to the taxpayer.
In the meantime, the city says the overpass is safe to drive on and underneath after an inspection by engineers.