October 04, 2018

New Passing Lanes Now Open On Highway 6 South Of Regina

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that new passing lanes between Regina and Corinne on Highway 6 are now open.

“We are excited to see the first set of passing lanes open up on Highway 6,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.  “Passing lanes improve safety and traffic flow and the response to the addition of more passing lanes in Saskatchewan from first responders, municipalities and drivers has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Completion of this work marks the opening of the first set of passing lanes on Highway 6.  Another set is expected to open next week, depending on the weather.  This construction is part of a project to build several sets of passing lanes between Regina and Estevan in the highest traffic volume areas on Highways 6 and 39, as well as twinning short sections on Highway 39.

“This is a major trade route for Canada and the U.S. and we are very pleased to see safety improvements to the Highway 6 and 39 corridor,” South Central Transportation Planning Committee Chairperson Lee Finishen said.  “We look forward to working in conjunction with the Government of Saskatchewan on improvements to other corridors in the area including Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw.”

The Highway 6 and 39 corridor improvements are cost shared at 50 per cent with the federal government through the National Trade Corridors Fund.

In addition to the work underway in southern Saskatchewan, construction of two sets of passing lanes on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin are on schedule to be complete later this fall.  Pre-construction work is also underway for passing lanes on Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw, Highway 5 between Saskatoon and Highway 2, Highway 7 from Rosetown to the Alberta border, and Highways 9 and 10 between Canora and Melville.

When driving through a work zone remember to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 km/hr, even if workers aren’t present.  Work zones may contain driving hazards, like sharp pavement drop or loose stones, which require you to slow down.

A weekly highway construction update is 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.  If you see a highway work zone signing problem, you can report it by calling 306-244-5535.

Check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, before you hit the road.  It 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.