News Release - September 5, 2001
NEW LOCATION FOR ST. LOUIS BRIDGE
The location for a new bridge near St. Louis has been finalized following
public consultations and recommendations from an engineering report.
The new bridge will be 1.6 km east of the existing St. Louis Bridge and is
being built to replace the existing bridge, which will need major repairs
within five to 10 years.
Construction for the new bridge is scheduled to begin in late 2003 and
should be completed by the fall of 2005. The new bridge will be
constructed over the South Saskatchewan River on Highway 2 near the Village
of St. Louis.
In addition to the safety and engineering considerations, during the
consultation process, the majority of public input favoured the new bridge
"The bridge itself offers a long-term and cost-effective solution to the
transportation needs in the area," Highways and Transportation Minister Pat
Atkinson said. "When it is built, it will be built to last for at least
the next fifty years. The estimated total cost for the bridge is $13.8
In 1998, Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation commissioned UMA
Engineering Ltd. to conduct a functional planning study to determine the
best location for a new bridge and related roadways.
The new bridge site selection was based on recommendations from the
consultant review, and include practical considerations such as the best
bridge structure alignment, best location for safety considerations, well-
located service to adjacent land, and geotechnical factors. Considerable
drilling and engineering analysis has been performed at the new site.
For more information, contact:
Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 953-3501