Circle Drive South Bridge official opening
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The City of Saskatoon, with officials from federal, provincial and municipal governments, officially opened the Circle Drive South Bridge on the afternoon of July 31, 2013. Opening ceremonies included a public "bridge parade" and ribbon cutting. The first traffic crossed the bridge at about 8 p.m.Participating in the ceremony (viewed in some images): the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade; the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular); the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, and His Worship Mayor Donald Atchison.Construction began in 2010 on the Circle Drive South Project, which the city describes as "the largest single project in the City’s history at an estimated cost of $300 million. It is cost shared between the federal government ($96 million), the provincial government ($98.5 million), the City of Saskatoon ($100 million) and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park ($200,000)." The Circle Drive South Project includes: six-lane south bridge; five new interchanges (Idylwyld Drive, Lorne Avenue, Valley Road, 11th Street, and Preston Avenue South); 10 kilometres of freeway/expressway from Clarence Avenue to Clancy Drive; access requirements of surrounding lands; three railway grade separations; sound attenuation walls; and pedestrian and cyclist pathways.