October 21, 2015

Record Construction Season in the Books

As colder weather approaches, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is winding down a productive construction season.  This year’s record $842 million budget translated into a number of significant improvements across the province.

“Improving infrastructure is a top priority for our government,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said.  “We continue to make record investments in Saskatchewan roads year-after-year all within a balanced budget. I would also like to thank the roadbuilders, engineers and ministry staff who have worked hard to make this construction season a success.”

Across the province, 370 kilometres (km) of highway were repaved or received major upgrades.  An additional 435 km of road received significant maintenance, which will ensure the existing highway infrastructure remains safe for years to come.

Highlights from this season include:

  • the completion of Highway 7 passing lanes west of Saskatoon;
  • grading and paving Highway 21 and 52 near Kerrobert;
  • repaving Highway 1 through Swift Current; and
  • upgrades to the Buffalo Narrows Airport.

Additionally, crews made good progress on the Highway 16 twinning project east of Saskatoon, Highway 7 twinning west of Saskatoon, and the Stony Rapids Airport.

Work will continue on a number of projects into the 2016 construction season.  Included are the Regina Bypass, 65 km of major highway upgrades, 50 km of repaving projects, and 80 bridge and culvert projects.

While many projects are wrapping up, some work continues year-round.  During freeze-up some bridge and culvert work can be completed and heavy material can be hauled in to prepare for the upcoming construction season.

Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits in construction zones and slow to 60 km/hr when passing highway workers and equipment.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested a record $5.2 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.