Released on August 3, 2017
The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $28 million to make the drive to provincial parks smoother this August long weekend.
“The August long weekend is a great time for family and friends to enjoy our province’s many beautiful parks and lakes,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “With highway improvement projects going on around a number of our provincial parks, drivers should plan ahead, be patient and follow the posted signage when entering work zones.”
“Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation sites are consistently seeing record numbers of visits,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “These investments in roads near provincial parks will help improve access for years to come and helps ensure that everyone can enjoy the incredible destinations our province has to offer.”
There is work going on around the province to improve our road system. Improvements include grading, paving, spot improvements, rut filling and bridge construction.
Here is a list of work zones near some favourite long weekend destinations:
Travellers are reminded that you may need to slow down even if workers are not present. Slower speeds are necessary where hazards such as sharp pavement drops or loose stones are present.
- Highway 4 near Grasslands National Park;
- Highway 4 near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park;
- Highway 10 near Echo Valley Provincial Park;
- Highway 26 near Makwa Lake Provincial Park;
- Highway 102 near Lac La Ronge Provincial Park; and
- Highway 42 near Douglas Provincial Park.
Fines for speeding through a work zone are three times the normal fine if workers are present.
“All those travelling this coming weekend are reminded to leave time for construction or other travel delays, and to have a safe and enjoyable holiday,” Marit said.
If you’re planning a trip this summer, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline. The Highway Hotline provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities.
A weekly construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $7.4 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 12,000 kms of Saskatchewan highways.
For more information, contact:
Highways and Infrastructure