Meewasin Valley Interpretive Centre's Bridge
Tales - A 22 min. (fully automated & narrated) presentation
about the building of Saskatoon's bridges and their impact on Saskatoon's
(This is an .exe file which is SAFE to download & install on your
Structures & Design Webquest
This webquest is designed to be part of the grade 7 science unit on Structures
A PowerPoint presentation based on the Bridges of Saskatoon.
Big Structures - Explore large structures and what it takes
to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series
and Web site from WGBH Boston. Learn more about bridges, domes, skyscrapers,
tunnels and dams.
- Offers information on works of structural engineering, architecture
or construction through time, history and from around the world. Includes
an International database and gallery of structures.
Information on Saskatoon Bridges
operating budget is around $450k per year. This includes money for
cleaning and small maintenance items inspections etc.
to build a new one would probably be in the neighborhood of $3000-$4000/m2
of deck area. (City of Saskatoon, Public Works)
Bridge (Victoria Bridge / 19th Street Bridge):
The Traffic Bridge was built starting in the fall of 1906 and was
completed one year later. It officially opened on Oct. 10, 1907, and
was built at a cost of $105,000.
University Bridge (25th Street Bridge):
Construction on the University Bridge began in 1913. It was completed
after much delay in the fall of 1916 and officially opened on Oct.
31. The original tender was $250,000. However, the contractor under-bid
the project and went broke near the end, forcing the provincial government
to step in to complete it. The final price tag for construction was
$520,000.00, of which the Provincial government paid 2/3 and the City
From the City Commissioner's Annual Report of 1916: "The total
length of the bridge, between the extreme ends of wing approach walls,
is 1,407 feet, and is built to a grade of 2.88 per cent, the east
end of the bridge being 35 feet higher than the west end. The width
of the bridge is 62 feet made up of two sidewalks, each 8 feet six
inches wide and a carriage-way of 45 feet. The bridge is designed
to carry a double line of street railway tracks, and contains a conduit
for sewer, water and electric mains." (COS 1072-004, p. 43)
The Broadway Bridge was completed in the fall of 1932 and officially
opened on November 11, 1932. It was designed and built locally, as
a relief work project at a total cost of 850,000.00. It was cost shared
by all three levels of government (fed - 50%, prov - 20%, city - 30%).
Construction began late in 1931. The piers were poured during the
winter. The approaches were built in the spring of 1932 and the arches
completed that summer. The paving of roadways and sidewalks was done
in the fall. There is a good piece on the Broadway Bridge in Elizabeth
Diamond's "Saving Our City" (published by the Municipal
Heritage Advisory Committee and available at the Local History Room
of the Saskatoon Public Library).
Sid Buckwold Bridge (Idylwyld Freeway Bridge):
The sod-turning ceremony for the Idylwyld Freeway Bridge was held
on February 5, 1965. It officially opened Oct. 28, 1966. It was built
at a cost of 1.5 million dollars, which was shared 50-50 between the
City and the Province. It was re-named after the late Senator Sid
Buckwold (long time Mayor of Saskatoon) on September 24, 2001.(COS
Drive Bridge (42nd Street Bridge):
Construction of the Circle Drive Bridge began in [1981?]. The bridge
was originally scheduled to open in the fall of 1982 but was delayed
for variuos reasons, including labour disputes. It officially opened
on July 1, 1983. The final price tag appears to have been 11 million
dollars, but honestly I don't have records here for it so I can't
be completely accurate. There was a newspaper clipping which gave
that as its final cost. The newspaper article at the time of the official
opening only gave the price tag of the whole bridge and circle drive
extension, which was something like 37 million dollars. (COS 1101-005).
The City Clerks Office (975-3240) or the Library's Local History Room
(975-7578) might be able to track that down for you. We also have
a very significant clippings collection dedicated to City Planning
issues from1953-1995 that this researcher might find useful.
(From correspondance with Jeff O'Brien, City Archivist)