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Successful Construction Season Winds Down

Released on October 12, 2017

Weekly Highway Construction Update

As the cooler weather moves in for autumn, another productive highway construction season is winding down.  This year’s $1.1 billion budget, the second-largest in the province’s history, resulted in a number of safety improvements on Saskatchewan’s highways.

“We continue to make record investments in Saskatchewan’s highways and infrastructure which makes highway travel safe for the citizens of the province as well as the movement of goods,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “I feel it’s important to acknowledge and thank the roadbuilders, engineers and ministry staff for another successful construction season.”

Highlights from this season include:
  • Progress on the Regina Bypass including the completion of two new bridges (White City and Balgonie);
  • Construction of passing lanes on Highway 5 between Saskatoon and Humboldt;
  • Grading of twinning on Highway 7 between Delisle and Vanscoy;
  • Work on new overpasses at Warman and Martensville; and
  • Highway 39 twinning between Estevan and Bienfait.
Highway upgrades, including:
  • Highway 2 north of Prince Albert;
  • Highway 4 south of Cadillac and north of Swift Current;
  • Highway 12 near Hepburn;
  • Highway 40 near Krydor;
  • Highway 51 near Kelfield;
  • Highway 312 west of Wakaw; and
  • Highway 155 near Green Lake.
In addition, dozens of major bridge rehabilitations and replacements have been complete as well as numerous culvert projects across the province.

While many projects are wrapping up, some work continues year-round.  During freeze-up, some bridge and culvert work can be completed and heavy material can be hauled in to prepare for the upcoming construction season.

“The feedback I get from the people who use our highways is that work zone signing is sometimes inconsistent and can be hard to understand; I’ve seen the same thing in my own travels,” Marit said.  “I’ve asked my officials to make changes in time for next construction season that will ensure consistency in work zone signing.”

Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits in construction zones and slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers and equipment.

A weekly construction update is published throughout the spring and summer months to provide the travelling public with the latest construction information.  Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update.

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure operates and maintains 26,000 kilometres of provincial highways, 17 northern airports, 12 ferries and one barge.

About $7.4 billion has been invested into Saskatchewan’s highways and infrastructure since 2008.

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For more information, contact:

Steve Shaheen
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina 
Phone: 306-527-8740
Email: steve.shaheen@gov.sk.ca

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