As of right now that stretch of road between Circle Drive and Central Avenue, on College Drive, will remain closed. Safety personnel are working to remove a semi from the eastbound lanes of College Drive.
Safety and logistics are essentially consuming the most time as crews continue to deal with the overturned tanker truck on College Drive, from yesterday, that was carrying anhydrous ammonia. Saskatoon Fire Chief Morgan Hackl says there are 31 people and 10 agencies still on site and it took a fair bit of prep work just to get started offloading the anhydrous ammonia. He said they first set up curtains and fog nozzles so that if there was any leak the chemical would adhere to the water and dissipate into a ditch down wind.
Saskatoon's Fire Chief says by 9:30 pm last night safety crews had 40% of material offloaded, uprighted the vehicle at 2 am, and by 6 am this morning both tankers were completely offloaded with no anhydrous ammonia leaks during the process. Chief Hackl says now a crane has to lift the two tankers onto a flat bed truck to haul them away and a tow truck has to then haul the tractor trailer unit away because it is not drivable. He says they are hoping that process can be completed by noon today. In the meantime, College Drive from Circle Drive to Central Avenue, remains closed.
Avoid the area if possible and if you are driving west on College Drive into the city centre, you will need to exit onto Central Avenue. Motorists traveling east on College Drive will be able to access Circle Drive and travel north or south.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. Residents of Brighton, Willowgrove, Arbor Creek, Erindale, and areas east of the City limits can use McOrmond Drive to 8TH Street or Zimmerman Road (by the new Costco) to Highway 16 to Circle Drive. Residents of Sutherland, Forest Grove, Silverspring, and Evergreen are encouraged to use 108TH Street and Attridge Drive.
Traffic signals are being adjusted at key intersections to assist with the change in driving routes but you can expect delays so give yourself extra time to get where you're going in that end of the city today. A semi flipped over yesterday carrying anhydrous ammonia and in addition to cleaning up a diesel fuel leak, the chemical in the tanker had to be removed before any further restoration of the semi truck itself.