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River floodplain study will generate map for landowners

A study will be done this summer on the river floodplain south of Saskatoon

A comprehensive hydraulic modelling and mapping study of the South Saskatchewan River floodplain south of Saskatoon will provide planners, landowners and developers with solid data on mitigating possible flood damage in the area. Continue reading “River floodplain study will generate map for landowners”

Spadina Crescent closure disappoints Valley residents

The prospect of Spadina Crescent being closed by the City of Saskatoon has been of considerable concern to RM of Corman Park residents for some time.

On May 23, the City voted unanimously to close Spadina to address security concerns around the water treatment plant and other challenges with the plant’s location. Spadina Crescent has been called “beloved” by residents who have used the river route as their main access into the city for upwards of 60 years.

The vote followed a public hearing, with about 35 Corman Park residents in attendance. About 13 spoke in opposition to the closure. Many of them run businesses or represent community organizations in the Valley Road area. The RM of Corman Park sent a letter to the City to state its opposition. One person spoke in favour of the closure. Continue reading “Spadina Crescent closure disappoints Valley residents”

City and RM on opposite sides of proposed Spadina closure

Concern is ramping up about a proposed closure of Spadina Crescent West by the City of Saskatoon (COS). The RM of Corman Park invited Randy Donauer, chair of the City of Saskatoon (COS) Transportation Committee, to bring an update and hear their concerns at their recent council meeting. The closure is proposed to address safety concerns.

“Public Safety Canada completed a Critical Infrastructure Resiliency Analysis (CIRA) of our water treatment plant,” Donauer told council. “They have safety concerns for our public supply and services for between 40 and 50 per cent of the province, and they want it addressed.”

For many residents from the Valley Road area, Spadina Crescent is their main and preferred route into the city and to downtown. About 30 attended the meeting. The topic has come up before, most recently at an RM Division 4 meeting at the Merrill Hills School.

“This proposed closure affects everybody behind me here and myself personally,” said Division 4 councilor, Randy Rooke. It also affects many others who have been enjoying the scenic route for upwards of 60 to 70 years. “Spadina is an expeditious and beautiful route into the city. It’s the closest, most viable route.

The proposal suggests closing Spadina from the area just south of Circle Drive South up to where the first residential houses start. In addition to closing roads and city avenues like Avenue H and I, tweaking 11th Street and constructing an extension to 17th Street to redirect traffic, the proposal suggests erecting a 10-foot fence around the entire water treatment plant. The fence would be gated and a guard would be in attendance.

Donauer said the proposal will be presented to Saskatoon city council at a public hearing on May 23. The report itself was received by COS administration in camera and Donauer said he was not allowed to go into the details.

Rooke was doubtful that a guard at a 10-foot fence would be very effective. “The difficulty I have is how is that going to stop anybody? And why would they stop at the water treatment plant? A lot more damage could be done at the SaskPower plant.” It also doesn’t address concerns of an aerial approach. Rooke said it was hard to take the CIRA report at face value without having access to it.

“One of the biggest problems I have is, yes, you have a report by Public Safety Canada that can’t be given out to anybody. So we have to take your word that they want this addressed.”

The proposed new traffic routes include what the Transportation Committee calls “short-hopping” through residential areas, which Rooke says should be avoided.

From a traffic engineering standpoint, Donauer said everything seems to flow and work more logically for the residents south of the city to use Valley Road. “Valley Road is a better, bigger and more accommodating road. As we’re looking towards the future in planning we would see that as a logical improvement, except for the aesthetic beauty of Spadina.”

Rooke made the point that Raymond Moriyama of the Meewasin Valley Authority articulated a vision for a route to Valley Road, which goes right along Spadina Crescent.

“It’s a beautiful, meandering road that goes along the river and to our valley. It’s a beautiful valley. And you say now everybody now has to go by the landfill,” said Rooke.

Traffic volumes were discussed briefly but the city and the RM have different perspectives on what they respectively regard as high volume and under-utilized.

Donauer encouraged councilors to share alternative options and suggestions and he would take them to city council.