CEL­E­BRAT­ING THE NEW CROSS­INGS

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Here’s the sched­ule for the pub­lic events to cel­e­brate the open­ing of Saska­toon’s two new bridges:

CHIEF MISTAWA­SIS BRIDGE

Wed­nes­day, Oct. 2 The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend and some park­ing is avail­able on the bridge, but peo­ple and ve­hi­cles must en­ter from the in­ter­sec­tion of Mar­quis Drive and Wanuskewin Road on the west side of the bridge. Ve­hi­cles must leave the bridge from the east side and use the Cen­tral Av­enue and McOr­mond road ex­ten­sions.

8:50 a.m.: Grand en­try starts by In­dige­nous lead­ers, res­i­den­tial school sur­vivors and dig­ni­taries.

9 a.m.: The of­fi­cial cer­e­mony be­gins, in­clud­ing In­dige­nous bless­ings and speeches by Mayor Char­lie Clark, Chief Daryl Wat­son of the Mistawa­sis First Na­tion and other In­dige­nous lead­ers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

10 a.m.: Mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic are al­lowed to walk and cy­cle on the bridge un­til noon.

Noon: The bridge will close and prepa­ra­tions will be made for open­ing it to traf­fic some­time later on Oct. 2. The McOr­mond and Cen­tral ex­ten­sions will not open com­pletely un­til the bridge is ready.

TRAF­FIC BRIDGE PARTY

Wed­nes­day, Oct. 2

11:45 a.m.: Peo­ple are asked to gather at both ends of the bridge — at Third Av­enue South and Spad­ina Cres­cent on the north end, and at Vic­to­ria Av­enue and Saskatchewan Cres­cent on the south side. Peo­ple can bring a lunch, and food trucks are ex­pected to be there.

Noon: Peo­ple will walk across the bridge to meet in the mid­dle. Local mu­si­cians will of­fer en­ter­tain­ment and there will be his­tory and in­for­ma­tion on the bridge. Thurs­day, Oct. 3

The Traf­fic Bridge opens to ve­hi­cles.

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