Drivers arriving at and leaving the parkade at Royal University Hospital (RUH) are being warned to expect additional delays as maternal and children’s hospital construction continues.

Shoring posts at RUH parkade

Shoring posts were put in place in preparation for further excavation and piling/foundation work.

“Since late December, work has progressed on shoring and retaining walls as crews prepare to expand the construction area. These preparations will be complete Thursday, January 21, resulting in changes to the roadways near the parkade,” explains Craig Ayers, Project Director for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan (CHS). “We know this is disruptive and will be an inconvenience for everyone arriving at the site; however we are at the point where we need to take over part of this roadway area to accommodate the final footprint of the hospital and allow completion of the piling and foundation work.”

These traffic changes will be effective early morning January 22, 2016.

Once the construction area expands, the following changes to roads will occur:

Crews building the retaining and shoring walls adjacent to parkade roads.

Crews building the retaining and shoring walls adjacent to parkade roads.

  • reduction of the parkade entrances to one lane
  • relocation of the parkade entrance gate to the south side of Ellis Hall/RUH main floor hall walkway, closer to College Drive.
  • permanent closure of the Level 1 parkade entrance
    • Level 1 parkers will enter the parkade with all vehicles via Level 2, then access Level 1 through the helix; this new entrance through the helix will be gated and accessible using your current transponder
  • reduction of parkade exit gates from three to two gates.

Note that the Saskatoon Cancer Centre parkade gate remains in its current location.

Within the expanded construction area, crews will complete the remaining 64 piles for the foundation work, many of which are located in the area of the Level 1 parkade entrance.

The Level 1 entrance to the parkade will close permanently and all traffic will be directed through Level 2 entrance.

The Level 1 entrance to the parkade will close permanently and all traffic will be directed through Level 2 entrance.

These roadway changes will set traffic patterns to be in place until approximately fall of 2017.

Those parking at RUH should also anticipate potential further disruptions on the top level of the parkade in the coming weeks as crews build a temporary protection covering on the parkade to allow the transfer of construction materials over the parkade into the construction work area.

Patients and visitors are being reminded to give themselves more time to arrive at the site and park, as well as to drive slowly and follow signage.

“We thank everyone for their patience as we work through this construction period,” said RUH site leader Luiza Kent-Smith.

Below is a quick overview of the piling and foundation work, which began in Fall 2015, as the first piece of construction for the main CHS building. This work is expected to be completed in early 2016, as sub-basement and basement begins.

 

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