A few years after battling to keep a section of Eastgate Drive open, at least one Regina business is happy to see work beginning on the new realignment of the street.
When the city was doing the study and preparing to widen Victoria Avenue, it was recommended that a portion of Eastgate Drive be closed down east of Pilot Butte Creek to Coleman Crescent.
Businesses and residents voiced their frustrations about how it would affect accessibility.
“The city came in and did their own thing without consulting with anybody in this area,” said Delbert Dunn, co-owner of Creekside Pub.
After gathering feedback, the City of Regina installed a temporary bridge to keep traffic open with the widening of Victoria Avenue.
Earlier this month, work began on a new realignment of the street which will include a new crossing over Pilot Butte Creek and right turns to get in and out of Victoria Avenue onto Eastgate Drive.
Dunn said the realignment will help his business because it will improve accessibility for people coming directly off of Victoria Avenue — one of Regina’s main streets.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.