September 23, 2019

$66 Million Highway Twinning Project Nears Completion At Vanscoy

A $66 million twinning project is nearing completion on Highway 7. The third and final phase of newly twinned highway around Vanscoy will be opening to traffic within the next week, weather permitting. The 12 kilometres (km) of new lanes around Vanscoy will complete 31 kms of Highway 7 twinning between Saskatoon and Delisle.

“Highway 7 is a busy corridor for commuters and shippers who transport goods to national and international markets,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit. “This twinning project, and the new passing lanes between Delisle and Kindersley, provides more opportunities to pass safely which helps traffic flow efficiently.”

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $27.5 million toward the twinning project.

Highway 7 is a key trade route for the province and connects communities such as Kindersley, Rosetown, Delisle and Saskatoon, as well as Calgary and ports on the west coast. Over the last 10 years, traffic volumes along the entire highway have increased by about 20 per cent, from nearly 3,000 vehicles per day to more than 3,500 per day today.

About 13 km of newly constructed lane east of Delisle to Vanscoy opened to traffic in July 2018. In October 2016, nine km of twinned highway opened to traffic between Saskatoon and Vanscoy.

“Our community is excited about the completion of the highway project,” Vanscoy Mayor Robin Odnokon said. “It will provide safety for our local commuters and all residents who travel the highway. We are very pleased to see this twinning project complete.”

“It will prove to be a major safety improvement for our residents and future residents who travel to Saskatoon for work and appointments,” Delisle Mayor Dave Anderchek said.

When the new lanes are opened, be cautious, alert and aware of signs directing traffic. Some additional work including signing, pavement marking and landscaping will still be required. Please slow to 60 km/hr through the work zone and pay close attention to the people and machinery working in the area.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.