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UPDATED: New hotels near Saskatoon airport on track for this fall

The first of four new hotels near Saskatoon's airport will open in October.

The Marriot Courtyard’s opening will be followed by MainStay Suites this fall and Hampton Inn and Suites in the spring.

It is expected that Homewood Suites by Hilton will start construction next spring. When all four hotels are complete, the city will have about 505 new hotel rooms.

City of Saskatoon plans Idylwyld Drive re-design

City Hall wants to change the experience for pedestrians and cyclists travelling on Saskatoon's busiest street, Idylwyld Drive. 

“Right now it's a very heavy traffic corridor and people need to use that with some sense of comfort and safety when they're walking or biking there,” Lesley Anderson, manager of neighbourhood planning said. “We want it so it becomes less of a divide and more of a connection area.”

Children's Museum taking next steps in move to Mendel

The Children's Discovery Museum(CDM) is ready for their next step in the ongoing process to become the next tenants of the Mendel building.

President of the CDM on the Saskatchewan Dave Hunchak explained they have worked with members of the city's administration on a report to submit to the executive committee next Wednesday.

"What this would do is really let us move forward with plans like with the serious fundraising, serious design of the building, and all the exhibits and programming that we are going to do in it," Hunchak explained.

Meewasin approves North Commuter/Traffic Bridge designs

Voices continue to come forward, pushing for a car-free Traffic Bridge.

“A lot of people agree it should be a cycling and walking bridge, not open to cars,” Don Kossick said.

On Monday, Kossick and a dozen other car-free-bridge supporters attended the public hearing at the Meewasin Valley Authority’s development review meeting. There the City of Saskatoon presented its ideas for pedestrian and cyclist connections with the new North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridges, a bundled project that received funding approval under PPP Canada earlier this year.

Saskatoon's first outdoor gym opens

Adults now have a playground of their own, following the official opening of the outdoor adult fitness circuit Thursday night.

The workout area overlooks the South Saskatchewan where River Landing meets Victoria Park.

It's outfitted with rowing machines, elliptical machines, leg presses, pull up and dip stations.

The tax funded park doesn't charge residents each time they visit and is open all day long.

Project Manager Jill Cope said the equipment is for all levels of fitness, and some pieces are wheelchair friendly.
 

New roadway blocked off since Circle Drive South opened

A freshly-paved roadway connecting to Lorne Avenue, currently surrounded by concrete barriers, remains closed more than a year since the City of Saskatoon opened Circle Drive South.

“It's a new connection from Jasper Avenue that we haven't connected to date. We're making some upgrades to the intersection so we ensure its safe when we open it up to traffic,” Angela Gardiner, director of transportation said.

Slow to 60 in Saskatoon work zones, even when nobody's working

Suppose you're driving on Saskatoon's Circle Drive when you see the orange signs and flashing lights that indicate a work zone. However, no workers are there, and it looks like the construction has already been completed.

Do you still have to slow to 60 kilometres per hour?

The answer is yes, according to the city's director of transportation Angela Gardiner.

"We understand that it can be frustrating sometimes to go through... work zones when it doesn't appear that anything's happening," Gardiner said Thursday.

Traffic light repairs set for busy intersection

Malfuntioning traffic lights at one of Saskatoon's busiest intersections are set for more repairs tonight.

Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre closes for maintenance

The Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre shut it's doors Monday and they won't re-open until September.

The centre is closed for annual maintenance, meaning regular scheduled programming has been cancelled. However, the Saskatoon Field House; Lakewood, Lawson, and Cosmo Civic Centres; Shaw Centre; and Fitness Circuit & Terry Fox Track will maintain regular hours. Anyone looking for information about their programming or drop-in policy can check out saskatoon.ca/go/dropinonline.

City of Saskatoon to continue with 24-hour construction

Around-the-clock construction work is getting paving projects around Saskatoon completed in a third of the time.

"On any given day on 51st Street, traffic isn't good at the best of times. We completed that work in just over a week, in comparison, something like that during the day would have taken three to four weeks," Director of Construction and Design Chris Hallam said Thursday.

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