November 10, 2015

The Estevan Bypass is Officially Open

November 10 marks the grand opening of the Estevan Bypass.  Heavy truck traffic and commuters will now have a safer and more efficient route while travelling through the Estevan area.

The 13 kilometre bypass route runs north of Estevan from the intersection of Highway 39 and Shand Road to Highway 39 west of the city.

“Building infrastructure is a priority for our government, especially in rapid growth areas like Estevan,” Estevan MLA Doreen Eagles said on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner.  “This $45.5 million project will improve safety and economic development in the region now and into the future.  Our government will continue building needed infrastructure in our province within a balanced budget.”

Highway 39 serves as a part of the National Highway System that is a direct link to a major U.S. border crossing.

Since 2007, truck traffic in the area has increased by more than 90 per cent.  This growth has resulted in congestion on Highway 39 through Estevan.

“We are very excited for the opening of the Estevan Bypass,” Estevan Deputy Mayor Lori Carr said.  “The impact of this bypass will be noticeable almost immediately as traffic safety and road conditions within Estevan will improve and congestion will decrease.”

The Government of Saskatchewan invested $28.5 million in this project.  The Government of Canada contributed the remaining $17 million through the Building Canada Fund.

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