April 09, 2021

Bridge Rehabilitation Work to Begin On Highway 11 Overpass at Lumsden

Starting April 12, traffic restrictions will be put in place as work crews begin the rehabilitation of two important structures on Highway 11 in the Lumsden Valley.

The northbound bridge over the Qu'Appelle River and the northbound overpass over Highway 20 will both be rehabilitated.  The contractor, Westridge Construction Inc. from Regina, will begin work on April 13, 2021.

"The Lumsden Valley is a scenic and very busy part of Highway 11," Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said.  "Investing in bridge structures along this important shipping route will not only help us maintain traffic flow but also enhance safety for the thousands of motorists who rely on this highway each year."

The project is estimated to cost $1.7 million and is scheduled for completion in the late fall.

Drivers may experience delays, as both bridges will be worked on simultaneously with traffic restricted to one lane at each site.  As a precaution, traffic will be slowed to 80 km/hr before entering the valley and restricted to 60 km/hr through the construction site.  Speed fines will remain tripled so motorists are advised to take extra caution with speed when entering the valley.  Oversized loads will be accommodated by the contractor once the Highways Hotline is given 24 hours-notice.

The Government of Saskatchewan is meeting its target of improving more than 1,000 km of provincial highways this year, the first of its 10-year Growth Plan goal to build and upgrade 10,000 km of highways.  Another $300 million in highways stimulus funds is being invested over two years in thin-membrane surface upgrades, passing lanes and improvements to municipal roads and airports.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $10.6 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 17,100 km of Saskatchewan highways.