A good portion of Saskatoon’s infrastructure is nearing the end of its shelf life making it one of the city’s top priorities.
According to Mike Gutek, infrastructure services general manger with the City of Saskatoon, a lot of the city’s infrastructure is nearing the 80 to 100-year-old mark, and now the city has to find and allocate funding to maintain all systems at a desired level.
“That’s been the struggle across North America,” said Gutek. “All of the assets are reaching their first rejuvenation period and it’s been challenging having the funding-levels match the amount of infrastructure.”
Gutek explained the city now has to decide where to allocate that funding to prepare for future growth.
“It’s making sure we’re choosing what assets we want and what condition we want them to be in,” said Gutek.
City Councillor Charlie Clark, who represents Ward 6 in Saskatoon, was in Regina this week attending the National Infrastructure Summit, where aging infrastructure was a common theme.
“All cities across the country are facing very similar municipal infrastructure challenges,” said Clark. “A lot of the infrastructure was built in the same period, so a lot of it is coming to the end of its life cycle at the same time.”