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Minister Calls for Caution in Work Zones

Released on May 4, 2015

A fatal collision on Highway 6 near Spalding this weekend highlights the need for extreme caution in construction zones on our highways and roads.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the individuals who were involved in this tragic incident,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “Highway work zones are active construction sites with numerous and significant potential safety risks.

“As road work ramps up for another season across the provincial highway system, drivers must exercise the utmost caution at all times.”

The collision occurred just south of Spalding on Highway 6 where a crack sealing project is underway.  The collision is under investigation by the RCMP, the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.

By law in Saskatchewan, traffic must slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers or flaggers, within signed work zones or when passing equipment with its amber warning lights on.  Significant changes have been made to improve safety in work zones, like simplified signage, rumble strips and photo enforcement.

More information on traffic safety within work zones is available at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/workzone/.

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For more information, contact:

Doug Wakabayashi
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4804
Email: doug.wakabayashi@gov.sk.cadoug.wakabayashi@gov.sk.ca

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