Highway Construction Focuses on Safety Improvements
With a Highways and Infrastructure budget of $924.5 million this year, the 2018 highway construction season is underway. Construction will focus on improving safety on the provincial highway system as a result of a number of passing lane projects and other highway improvements.
“Our government is making a major commitment to improving safety on some of our busiest highways,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “Constructing passing lanes on Highway 6, south of Regina for example, will greatly improve safety throughout this corridor.”
The two sets of passing lanes on Highway 6 between Regina and the junction with Highway 39 will be constructed this year. Construction will also begin in 2018 on two sets of passing lanes on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin.
“Highways 6 and 39 are important arteries for the trucking industry and connect Canada to the United States - Saskatchewan’s largest trading partner,” Saskatchewan Trucking Association Director of Policy and Communications Nicole Sinclair said. “Passing lanes along these highways will make the movement of goods along these key trade corridors both safer and more efficient. Any project that increases those two key factors is always strongly supported by the trucking industry.”
Motorists can expect to see road work in every region of the province throughout the construction season. Construction will also continue on the Regina Bypass, Highway 7 twinning west of Saskatoon and new overpasses on Highway 11 at Warman and Highway 12 at Martensville.
An investment of about $118 million will result in 700 km of repaving and preventative maintenance across the province, including repaving on Highway 2 south of Chamberlain; Highway 4 north of North Battleford; Highway 26 between Vawn and Mervin; and Highway 35 south of Weyburn.
With another highway construction season underway, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding drivers to slow down and be alert when entering work zones. Please check the Highway Hotline for road restriction information before planning your trip at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure operates and maintains 26,000 km of provincial highways. Since 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8 billion in the provincial transportation system, including $3 billion over the last three years.