Saskatchewan government to spend close to $1B on highway projects
Highway twinning and new overpasses on order
News headlines in Saskatchewan often point out the poor condition of some highways, but today, the government is trying to smooth the rough ride by spending close to a billion dollars fixing roads.
"The projects planned for this construction season provide a better quality of life and a safer and more efficient road network for the people in the province," said Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner.
The provincial government will spend a record $842 million dollars, a 27 per cent increase over last year.
Some of the construction highlights include: (see maps below)
- Construction of the Regina Bypass;
- Overpasses at Martensville and Warman;
- Twinning Highway 39 from Estevan to Bienfait;
- Pre-construction work on passing lanes on Highway 5 between Saskatoon and Humboldt;
- Pre-construction work on Highway 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan; and
- 300 km of repaving work on the province's busiest highways, including Highways 1, 2, 6, 7, 11, and 16.
The work scheduled for this construction season also includes upgrades to about 150 kilometres of rural highways across the province.
Drivers urged to be aware
Clearly, highway construction on this scale may create some problems for drivers. In response, the government will update the public on the work each week to make sure people are able to plan their trips accordingly.
And while the government is celebrating its investment in highway infrastructure, today's announcement also came with a warning from the minister.
"Please watch for orange zones and obey the black and white 60 km/hr signs in construction zones," Heppner said. "This will help keep everyone safe throughout the construction season."
Speeding in a construction zone will mean triple the regular fines for offending drivers.