CELEBRATING THE NEW CROSSINGS
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.