Avoiding construction zones can be tricky, but Saskatoon drivers have a new tool to find out where and when road work might impact their commutes.

The city has unveiled its new Building Better Roads website. Users can view updates, schedules and information on such things as road restrictions, pothole repairs, construction projects, street sweeping, back lane upgrades, sidewalk rehabilitation, and line painting.

Angela Gardiner, director of transportation, said it's an easy way to keep people informed.

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People are encouraged to log on to Better Roads website page. (Steve Pasqualotto)

"They want to know what's happening on the streets, what might affect their daily travel patterns, and whatnot," Gardiner said.

"So what we wanted to do was create a one-stop-shop for all the information, whether it's specifically just the road restrictions, if there's information about how we're delivering a project, what the status is."

The City of Saskatoon will spend more than $50 million on roads this year, a 47 per cent increase over last year.

Gardiner is encouraging everyone to, "Know before you go," by learning where and when road construction might affect them.

'We are going to be seeing even more detours than we did last year, even more road restrictions' - Angela Gardiner, Director of Transportation

"We are going to be seeing even more detours than we did last year, even more road restrictions," Gardiner said.

"But on the flip side of that, we're looking at different ways of delivering these projects, including more of the construction to be happening in the off-hours or overnight."

In addition to the website, there are several other ways for people to keep up-to-date and follow the city's progress through the road construction season.

- Connect with the City of Saskatoon on Facebook or Twitter and follow #BetterRoadsYXE.

- Subscribe to Traffic Detour Service Alerts at saskatoon.ca.

- Read public service announcements and news releases on the media page.

- Watch the video of the weekly Building Better Roads media briefings every Thursday. The videos will be posted on the city's YouTube channel and available to watch on the Building Better Roads media page.