October 03, 2019

Information Sessions For Passing Lanes To Begin

As another busy highway construction season winds down, planning is already underway for next year’s construction season.  Information sessions are planned in a few different locations across the province over the next several weeks.

“Highway safety is a huge priority for our government,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.  “Getting feedback from the public is key so we can make informed decisions on where to make these investments.”

Sessions are planned for Highway 9 and 10 passing lanes in Yorkton and Melville on October 16.  Information sessions are coming in Regina to let people get familiar with the route before the Regina Bypass opens later this month.  Dates, times and locations will be announced shortly.  More open houses will be held in Weyburn and Milestone in late October to discuss the Highway 39 passing lane project.

Two information sessions were held in August to gather input on the Highway 5 passing lanes and twinning project.  About 200 people attended those sessions.

These open houses provide opportunities to ask questions and get information from engineers working on the projects.  Frequently discussed topics include things like intersection improvements and traffic plans during construction.

With construction continuing in many areas, travellers are reminded to be alert when approaching construction zones, and to comply with the posted signage and speed limits.

There are some occasions when construction zones have temporary speed reductions left in place when workers are not present, even during the night time hours.  A sharp pavement drop-off, lane closure or loose gravel are examples of hazards that would warrant a slower posted speed.

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.

A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update 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.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 14,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.