Patients and visitors driving to Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon should be prepared for major traffic disruptions going into and out of the site’s parkade starting
Monday, May 14.
The main entrance/exit to the parkade from Hospital Drive will be
temporarily closed with traffic detoured through the University of Saskatchewan to single entrance/exit gate located between the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and RUH. With over 3,000 vehicles accessing the site’s parkade every day, the main road and gate closure is expected to put significant pressure on the remaining point of entry and exit into the parkade.
The main road and gates closure is needed so that construction crews for Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital can dismantle and remove the large crane currently on site. This week, construction crews are starting some of the preparation work by removing the overhead protection which was built on the top deck of the parkade at the start of the main construction for the hospital.
All those driving to and parking at RUH, Saskatoon Cancer Centre or Dubé Centre for Mental Health are being asked to give themselves additional time, or to find alternate means to come to the site. To help minimize congestion, Saskatchewan Health Authority has directed a significant number of staff and administrators to park elsewhere for the week, or find alternate means to come to work.
All patients and visitors coming to the site are asked to watch for traffic signage and follow detour signs while this work is underway. EMS and patient access to the RUH emergency department is unaffected with these temporary closures.