June 25, 2012 19:38
The week of June 25, the City of Saskatoon will be applying an ultra-thin overlay to Warman Road from Assiniboine Rd to Primrose Drive. There have been several questions as to why this stretch of road is being maintained, as opposed to other sections that are in worse condition. City Council added $4 Million to the road maintenance budget so that we can begin to make progress on the backlog. Rebuilding roads that are in very poor condition is very expensive. In addition to rebuilding roads this summer, the city will also be taking some preventative measures to ensure the other roads do not deteriorate to that level.
Applying an ultra-thin membrane as prevention costs about 20% of a road repair that involves rebuilding the road. We are trying to do some prevention before roads deteriorate, so that we can stop the cycle. We are still doing work around the city on major road projects, which require an entire rebuild, but we also have some projects that are targetted at prevention because this is much cheaper. More details on the Warman Rd project can be found by clicking this link to the City's website.