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Federal and Provincial Funding for Two New Highway Interchanges Will Improve Safety and Traffic Flow

Released on July 29, 2016

Highways 11 and 12 are integral components of western Canada’s transportation network.  They connect natural resource industries and the agricultural community to key economic trade corridors, west coast ports, and north-south trade routes to the United States.

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner, today announced funding for two new highway interchanges in Warman (Highway 11) and in Martensville (Highway 12), north of Saskatoon.

Investing in such highway infrastructure helps ensure that parents can get home from work quickly to spend more time with their kids.

Greatly improving driver safety and maximizing the flow of traffic along these critical corridors, the new interchanges will expedite the transportation of goods to international markets and support continued economic growth throughout western Canada.  The improvements will also help to accommodate future increases in traffic in the region due to local population growth, and to promote economic development that will help the middle class grow and prosper.  Bundling these two interchanges together as one project will also allow for the efficient scheduling of construction crews and activities.

 

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP).  Under the program, the Government of Canada will contribute up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs and the Government of Saskatchewan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.  The details of the funding were delivered to Saskatchewan and will be released publicly at the completion of the tendering process.

“Traffic congestion and gridlock cost Canada’s economy billions of dollars in lost productivity each year, damage our environment, and make it harder for people to get to work and for families to spend time together,” said Goodale.  “These new interchanges in Warman and Martensville will move goods to market faster, increase safety for drivers, and better meet the needs of Saskatoon and area residents now and into the future.”

“Tremendous growth in Warman and Martensville over the past several years has significantly increased traffic on highways in the area,” Heppner said.  “The new overpasses will improve traffic flow and efficiency and, more importantly, help people get home safely.”

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For more information, contact:

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Phone: 613-219-0149
Email: brook.simpson@canada.ca

Dan Palmer
Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure
Phone: 306-787-4805
Email: dan.palmer@gov.sk.ca

Infrastructure Canada
Phone: 613-960-9251
Email: infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca

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