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Permanent Fix Underway for Highway 55 Washout Near Snowden

Released on June 19, 2014

Weekly Construction Update

Traffic will soon be flowing normally again on Highway 55 as a pair of two metre-wide culverts are being installed west of Snowden.  The road has been reduced to one lane since a washout occurred in early May.

“Highway 55 is an important east-west corridor in the northern part of the province, and that’s why we’re ensuring the situation is properly addressed with larger, steel culverts,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “We understand reducing the road to one lane has been an inconvenience for drivers in the area.  We appreciate your continued patience as we work to return the highway to full capacity.”

Motorists were initially directed to a detour before a temporary one lane bridge and traffic lights were set up.  The bridge will continue to accommodate traffic during construction.  Drivers should watch for equipment and people working.  Work is expected to be complete in early July.

Other new or resuming projects underway in the province this week include installation of a sign on the overpass on Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw, seal coating on the Wakaw Lake access road, and paving on Highway 16 near Viscount and Highway 2 near Young.

The weekly construction update provides Saskatchewan residents with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel throughout the summer and fall.

To learn more about Saskatchewan work zones, head to  Always slow to 60 km/hr when passing through a highway work zone.

Additional travel information about emergency road closures, the status of ferries and barges and other road activities can also be found on the Highway Hotline at  It's also available by calling 306-787-7623 in Regina, 306-933-8333 in Saskatoon, the SaskTel cellular network at *ROAD, and toll-free across Canada at 1-888-335-7623.

The government has invested a record $4.3 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.


For more information, contact:

Joel Cherry
Highways and Infrastructure
Phone: 306-787-4805

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