The Regina Bypass: On Time, On Budget And Opening Soon
The final construction season of the Regina Bypass is underway with the project on track to be completed on time and on budget this fall.
“There’s just a few short months to go before the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history is complete,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said. “This project will have a major impact on the economy of Saskatchewan and the Regina area, as well as traffic safety. Work isn’t even finished yet and the RCMP, first responders, municipal officials and drivers are telling us the work east of Regina has made a dramatic improvement to safety.”
In addition to the reduction in collisions at the busy intersections on Highway 1 east, an independent study commissioned by the province estimates the benefits of the Bypass include:
- 9,200 Saskatchewan jobs created during construction;
- About $2.3 billion in travel delay savings over 30 years;
- A more than 20 per cent reduction in the length of Regina area roads that are approaching or exceeding congestion;
- A nearly one per cent reduction in carbon emissions and more than 160 million litres reduction in fuel consumption due to better traffic flow;
- Cost savings between two to three million dollars per year thanks to reduced collision rates.
Overall, work on the Bypass is about 95 per cent complete. Remaining work includes final paving from Arcola Avenue to Highway 11; finishing work on bridges, such as guardrail and curb installation; line painting; sign and light installation; as well as landscaping and grass seeding. There will also be some work on the east side of Regina, including road maintenance and new traffic signals at Victoria Avenue and Tower Road.
With work getting underway, the public is reminded that the unopened sections of the bypass are active work zones. Any trespassing, including walking, running, cycling and dog walking, is prohibited due for safety reasons.
Drivers are also reminded to stay alert, watch for workers and equipment, and obey all signs and speed reductions in work zones.