August 08, 2018

Construction Underway on Highway 4 Passing Lanes

$10 million of construction is underway on two sets of passing lanes on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin.

“With a number of lakes and the growing economy in the area, these passing lanes will improve safety for travellers along Highway 4,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “As construction work progresses, please respect the work zone, follow the posted signage and slow down.”

Traffic volumes for the stretch of Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin range from 3,700 to 6,900 vehicles per day.

“We know the construction period will be an inconvenience when travelling between Cochin and the Battlefords, but it will be short-term and will ultimately prove to be a benefit to all especially those of us who frequently make the trip,” Cochin Mayor Harvey Walker said.  “With Cochin Days this weekend, there will be more traffic on the road than usual and we urge everyone to drive carefully so as to arrive safely.”

Road work for the new passing lanes is now underway, so motorists should watch for flag persons, expect delays and be aware of sharp drop offs, fresh oil and loose stones.  A vehicle width limit of 3.5 metres is in effect.

Other Saskatchewan highways projects underway this week includes bridges and culverts:

  • Culvert replacement on Highway 9 near Hudson Bay;
  • Bridge construction on Highway 55 west of Shoal lake; and
  • Bridge construction on Highway 983 over Peepaw River west of Highway 982.

A weekly highway construction update is also published on 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.

If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at, 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.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.