Safety Our Focus With This Year's Highway Construction Season Kick Off
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $700 million in highways this year, which will result in improvements to 1,000 kilometres (km) of provincial roadways. Work this construction season will focus on safety and funding improvements to dozens of intersections across the province.
“This year’s investment in highway construction has a focus on safety,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said. “We are launching the Enhanced Intersection Safety Program, which is a multi-year plan that funds a number of safety focused projects province-wide.”
The Enhanced Intersection Safety Program will fund: intersection safety enhancements; rumble strips; clearing of sight triangles and other safety projects like guardrails and lighting.
“We are also continuing work on several passing lane projects,” Carr said. “Once complete, the passing lanes will improve safety and traffic flow.”
Construction is underway on passing lanes on Highway 2 north of Moose Jaw, as well as two sets between Rosetown and Kindersley on Highway 7. Work for passing lanes on Highways 9 and 10 near Yorkton will begin later in the summer months.
More than a dozen projects are part of the ministry’s spring tender plan, which include about 100 km of highway work.
Projects to be tendered:
- Intersection improvements on Highway 1 at Kalium Road;
- 15 km of resurfacing of Highway 6 north of Southey;
- 38 km of resurfacing west of Delisle on Highway 7;
- 32 km of resurfacing on Highway 39 south of the junction near Corinne; and
- 14 km of resurfacing on Highway 47 south of Estevan.
All tenders can be found at www.sasktenders.ca.
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 report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535. Please check the Highway Hotline for road restriction information before planning your trip at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.
Since 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in the provincial transportation system, improving 14,000 km of provincial roads.