2019 Highway Construction Season Wrapping Up
As another active highway construction season draws to a close, the highlight will occur at the end of the month with the completion and opening of the Regina Bypass.
“Safe and reliable highways are important for our economy as well as the citizens of our province,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “We have made record investments on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan to improve and maintain a transportation system that meets their demands.”
Several major safety projects were completed including the final phase of Highway 7 twinning from Saskatoon to Delisle as well as passing lane projects on Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw and Highway 7 west of Rosetown. There were a number of intersection safety improvements across the province including Highway 1 near Kalium and Highways 335 and 35 near Tisdale.
So far this construction season, more than 1,000 km of improvements have been made including about 400 km of upgrades and repaving, as well as more than 600 km of seals and medium treatments which improve the surface and keep water out. In addition, 14 bridge projects and 45 culverts have been completed with more to be delivered over the winter.
While many of our projects are wrapping up, much of our work continues year-round. The frozen ground means heavy material can be hauled in to prepare for the 2020 construction season. Some bridge work will continue during the winter months.
Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits in work zones and slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers and equipment.
If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities. Information is also available by calling 511.
Since 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways infrastructure.