Circle Drive South Bridge

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Circle Drive South Bridge
Circle Drive South Bridge under construction (2012)
Official name Circle Drive South Bridge
Carries 6 lanes of Circle Drive
Crosses South Saskatchewan River
Locale Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Maintained by City of Saskatoon
Design Girder bridge
Material Reinforced concrete, steel
Total length 440 metres (1,440 ft)
Piers in water 6
Constructed by Graham-Flatiron
Construction begin March 29, 2010
Opened July 31, 2013
Preceded by Grand Trunk Bridge
Followed by Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge
Coordinates 52°05′51″N 106°41′43″W / 52.09750°N 106.69528°W / 52.09750; -106.69528Coordinates: 52°05′51″N 106°41′43″W / 52.09750°N 106.69528°W / 52.09750; -106.69528

Circle Drive South Bridge is the interim name for a vehicular freeway bridge that spans the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a steel girder bridge, built as part of the Circle Drive freeway system in southwestern Saskatoon. At the time of construction, it was projected to cost $272.5 million to build.[1] It is the southern-most road bridge in the city, and the most recent to be built. The bridge is located adjacent to the Grand Trunk Bridge. It is also the longest of Saskatoon's bridges at 440 metres (1,440 ft) in length, and the first to have a concrete road surface. The bridge was scheduled to open with the completion of the entire Circle Drive South project on September 30, 2012. However, record rainfall, high water tables and an early snowfall made that deadline unfeasible.[2][3] The actual completion and opening date was July 31, 2013.[4][5]

The bridge has not been given an official long-term name. The Holiday Park community association is lobbying Saskatoon City Council to have the bridge named after Christopher J. Yorath, the city's first commissioner. Yorath created a comprehensive town plan in 1913, which included inner and outer "encircling boulevards". Parts of the present-day Circle Drive follows the course in Yorath's plan.[6] Yorath Island, also named for the commissioner, is located upstream from the bridge site. The city council decided that a naming contest would be held after the city's naming committee recommended that the name "Circle Drive South Bridge" be kept in the short term.[7] As of December 2014, the bridge has yet to be given a permanent name.

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  1. ^ "Circle Drive South Project". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  2. ^ Hutton, David (2012-10-01). "Circle Drive south opening uncertain". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  3. ^ Giles, David (2012-11-02). "South bridge likely not to be completed this year: Atchison". Global Saskatoon. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ Hill, Angela (2012-11-09). "End of July before Circle Drive South Bridge is done". News Talk 650 CKOM (Rawlco Communications). Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Bridge opens today". CBC News. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  6. ^ Hutton, David (2011-02-05). "Group lobbies name for new bridge". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  7. ^ Hamilton, Charles (2013-06-11). "City to hold bridge naming contest". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2013-06-11. 

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