Ring Road track relocation could soon be officially back on

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The process of Ring Road in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming a clear road when it comes to railroad tracks has been a long one.

A feasibility study was done in 2018, where planners looked at building an overpass where Canadian Pacific and Canadian National trains cross over Ring Road. The cost of such a project was estimated to be $107 million. The study also revealed the best solution would be to relocate the tracks instead of constructing the overpass, and the Regina City Council seemed to be in favor of the project. The preliminary design for the track relocation started right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and everything was put on pause.

Council members will have the chance to put the project back in motion on Aug. 11. The city is asking for approval to start the public procurement process. The process will include the search for an engineering consultant, the creation of preliminary designs for the track relocation, and also will call for engaging other stakeholders like landowners that will be impacted.

Canadian Pacific and Canadian National also will have to sign off on the project.

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