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SGI: Photo radar costs worth it

While the NDP thinks Saskatchewan is paying too much for photo radar, the province is defending the pilot program.

On Tuesday, the NDP said paying Xerox Business Services Canada $4.5 million over two years to process the tickets was just too costly. However, SGI's vice president of Auto Fund argues it's the most-effective option.

No end to Saskatoon transit lockout as sides remain "very long ways apart"

Despite a third week of negotiations and the help of a prominent mediator, the City of Saskatoon and the transit union “remain a very long ways apart” on a new contract to end the lockout and bring back buses.

The city and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) local 615 met again on Friday, with the help of mediator Vince Ready, to try and get buses running after the Thanksgiving long weekend but were unsuccessful in finding common ground.

Campaign aiming for safe Thanksgiving travels

As people travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, RCMP across the country will be paying special attention to how safe they're traveling.

Operation Impact will focus on impaired driving, seat-belt use, aggressive and distracted driving. In Saskatchewan, Mounties say they'll keep an eye out for how both drivers and passengers are following these laws.

The national campaign is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chief's of Police and member agencies of its traffic committee.

Culvert repair to reopen Highway 22 near Kilally

A massive culvert is being installed on Highway 22 at a section that was washed out by flood waters this past summer.

The Ministry of Highways is working at putting the five-metre wide, 67-metre long culvert near the junction of Highway 47 at Pearl Creek. It will once again allow vehicles onto the road that washed out in early July.

“This summer’s flooding caused major disruptions to the provincial highway system,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said in a news release.. “We’ve been working to repair culverts, bridges and roads ever since."

Saskatoon announces short list for North Commuter/Traffic Bridge construction

Three teams have made the City of Saskatoon's short list to build and operate the future North Commuter Bridge and Traffic bridge.

Bridge City Infrastructure Group, Bridge City Partners and Graham Commuter Partners all passed the city's Bridging to Tomorrow request for qualifications and will move onto the next stage in the application process.

The teams are all vying for the 30-year contract to design, build, operate and maintain the North Commuter Parkway and new Traffic Bridge.

Seven teams initially applied.  

Talks continue between transit union, city

After nearly eight hours of negotiations, the amalgamated transit union (ATU) and the city of Saskatoon still haven’t drafted a contract, but meetings will resume Thursday morning.

“It’s no secret that we have differences to make up and we’re going to continue those discussions tomorrow,” union president Jim Yakubowski said outside a hotel in downtown Saskatoon. “Anytime you’re talking you like to think you’re moving closer and certainly that’s why we’re here and we’ll see how things evolve and we’ll continue those discussions.”

Major Swift Current bridge may shut down for construction

Swift Current's main bridge connecting the north and south ends of the city will be under construction for the better part of next year.

A contract was awarded at this week's council meeting for work to be done on the 2nd Avenue overpass. Mitch Minken with the City admitted the construction may shut down the bridge completely.

"That's still to be determined," he clarified, "through the design process. But it will, at the very least, need to be restricted."

All crosswalk buttons operational in Saskatoon, city says

Recent reports reveal the majority of crosswalk buttons in some American cities have been deactivated for years—without pedestrians knowing—but the city says people in Saskatoon do have control when they push that yellow or silver button.

Saskatoon buys 10 new buses totalling $4.63M

City council approved the purchase of 10 brand new Nova buses Monday, coming in at a cool $4.63 million.

“It’ll be about $430,000 (each) plus the components we need to put into them, such as fare boxes and radios,” director of Saskatoon Transit Bob Howe said. “We’d be looking to see them on the road probably by late May, early June of 2015.”

Balgonie residents want province to curb Trans-Can accidents

A group of Balgonie residents want something to be done to curb accidents along an infamous stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway near their community.

Accidents are not uncommon in the section of road where the Number 1 meets Highway 46 and Main Street and some have fatal results.

“We’ve always needed an overpass. I’ve been here 50 years and we’ve needed one for at least the last 20,” resident Jeff Best said.

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