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The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

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First Passing Lanes Opening On Highway 39 Near Estevan

Released on September 3, 2020

The first set of passing lanes on Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn are opening.  The passing lanes are part of a $100 million federal-provincial highway safety improvement to this busy international trade corridor.

“Moving people and goods safely on provincial highways is critical on this busy corridor,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Passing lanes provide additional opportunities for drivers to pass safely, and reduce highway collisions at a fraction of the cost of twinning.”

“Having driven this very busy corridor for years, these passing lanes will be very welcome,” Government Relations Minister and Estevan MLA Lori Carr said.  “They will bring much needed added safety for those that travel this route.”

“We are pleased to invest in these important upgrades to Highways 6 and 39,” said Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau.  “This project will improve the safety and security of commuters, alleviate bottlenecks, and ensure that Saskatchewan’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

The Government of Canada is investing $53.3 million towards the project under the National Trade Corridors Fund.  The project consists of improvements on Highway 6, and the resurfacing and addition of 10 passing lanes on Highway 39.  It will also see shoulder widening, installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems and variable message signs, and culvert replacements.  Work is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2021.  The first set of passing lanes will open as soon as line painting and sign installation is complete.  Drivers are asked to obey signs and watch for changing traffic patterns as new infrastructure opens on Highway 39.

Construction also continues on a $31.2 million project which includes four sets of passing lanes on Highway 39 between McTaggart to Milestone and about 25 km of paving.  This portion is scheduled to be complete later this fall.  Drivers are asked to consider alternate routes while work is ongoing.

A $5.4 million passing lane project was completed along the same corridor on Highway 6 south of Regina in 2018.

A weekly highway 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.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $9.8 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 15,800 km of Saskatchewan highways.  Another $300 million in highways stimulus funds will be invested over the next two years to stimulate Saskatchewan’s economic recovery.

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For more information, contact:

Steve Shaheen
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-933-5641
Email: steve.shaheen@gov.sk.ca

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