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Reduced Speed and Improved Signage to be Implemented During Regina Bypass Construction

Released on September 30, 2015

A number of safety measures are planned for Highway 1 east of Regina as construction of the Regina bypass approaches.  This includes reducing the speed limit along Highway 1 between Regina and Balgonie to 80 km/hr by mid-October.

“As this historic project gets underway, Highway 1 east of Regina will become a very large and busy work zone,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “There will be delays, but we will focus on moving traffic smoothly and safely.  We appreciate your patience as we work to get this much-needed infrastructure in place.”

Crews have started moving dirt for a new south service road near Pilot Butte.  Once complete, the service road will provide an alternate route to Regina that won’t require traffic from Emerald Park and White City to turn left onto Highway 1.  The east portion of the bypass, including overpasses at White City and Balgonie, is expected to be complete in fall 2017 and the remainder of the project, including the Pilot Butte access overpass, will be complete in fall 2019.

In addition to a speed limit reduction, other safety measures to be implemented include:
  • Simplified signs, including variable message signs to provide real-time information such as road conditions and construction zone information;
  • Increased enforcement; and
  • Better pavement marking that leads drivers through medians, turning lanes and acceleration lanes.
In total, the Regina Bypass project includes construction of 40 km of new four-lane highway, twinning about 5 km of Highway 6, and the construction of 12 overpasses and numerous service roads.

The government has invested a record $5.2 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.

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For more information, contact:

Joel Cherry
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4805
Email: joel.cherry@gov.sk.ca

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