Residents reject ring road proposal

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SASKATOON, Sask. — A proposed massive ring road around Saskatoon will improve access to the city for truckers, but an opposition movement is already forming against the project.

The ambitious project, which is slated to take place over the next 20 to 40 years, will feature two new bridges, 12 overpasses and roadways that circle the city outside the city limits.

And although work won’t begin on the project for some time, the draft plans have already drawn criticism from local residents – some of whom live directly in the path of the proposed roadwork.

“Everyone is really devastated. It is not only my home and property that will be lost, it’s the entire community that is going to be destroyed by having a four-lane highway going through it,” local resident Carla Eisenhauer told local media.

Cliff Kowbel is another local resident who is concerned about the proposed ring road. “I spent a lot of money on this. Now I’m going to be living next to a bridge,” says Kowbel.

Trialpha Consulting was the company that drafted the proposal over the past two years.

Residents are invited to provide input into the plan at an open house on June 22 at the Lawson Civic Centre between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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