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Saskatoon's new parking system about six weeks away

The days of digging for change to pay for parking in Saskatoon are numbered.

“Over the next month, we'll see a number of things happening,” the city’s director of transportation Angela Gardiner said. “You'll see the actual (pay) stations pop up towards the end of November and our intent is to have everything operational in December.”

One-day detours slated for Highway 12, 16

Expect some delays heading in and out of Saskatoon on Thursday.

CN Rail in conjunction with the Ministry of Highways will be closing off sections of Highway 12 north of Martensville and Highway 16 east of Saskatoon from dawn to dusk, making way for rail-crossing repairs and track replacement.

North and southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured north of Junction 305 to allow CN to make repairs to a road-level railway crossing.

No Ebola screening at Regina International Airport

In the wake of the Ebola crisis, six Canadian airports are screening for the virus but Regina's is not among them.

"We don't anticipate anybody that would reach this airport that wouldn't have already been screened due to those protocols at other major airports in Canada," said Regina Airport Authority (RAA) President Jim Hunter.

Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary will be doing the screenings lead by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Semi fire restricts Highway 1 near Moose Jaw

Traffic was restricted on the Trans-Canada Highway near Moose Jaw after a semi truck caught fire Wednesday morning.

Mounties and fire crews were called to the eastbound lane of Highway 1, about two miles east of the Highway 39 turnoff, before 7 a.m.

"Flames were coming out of the trailer about six, eight feet (high)," said Doug Lawrence who drove by the scene.

RCMP say the blaze was caused by some sort of mechanical issues.

Delays lasted several hours while the fire was put out.

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.”

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