Improving Safety On Our Roads
Highways are an important part of Saskatchewan’s economic growth and our government has made significant improvements throughout the province in order to keep our economy strong. This year, $924 million has been budgeted to help move people and products more safely and efficiently.
Projects this year include work on twinning and adding passing lanes to our busiest highways, highway upgrades and renewal, bridge and culvert rehabilitation, Phase II of the Regina Bypass, and $21 million in grants to support municipal transportation infrastructure.
The Regina Bypass will make driving in and around the city of Regina safer, and will help get our export products to market faster. It is the largest infrastructure project in our province’s history and is representative of our government’s growth plan, and an opportunity to grow our economy.
In our local area, Highway 2 North from Moose Jaw to Chamberlain is now a much smoother drive after repaving completed earlier this season. Travelling to Saskatoon, there is a work area near Dundurn where the highway is being resurfaced. Work on the Regina Bypass continues, affecting travel around Regina.
Last summer, improvements were made to Moose Jaw’s North Service Road. Under the terms of the provincial Urban Highway Connector Program, the Government of Saskatchewan covered 100 per cent of the eligible cost of approximately $1.875 million. The City of Moose Jaw oversaw the project and is responsible for road maintenance going forward. Improvements on the North Service Road from 9th Avenue Northwest to Main Street included removing the existing asphalt and installing a new sub-base, base and asphalt. To ensure proper drainage, the ditches on the north side have been regraded and culverts were replaced and upgraded as necessary. Businesses in the area will benefit from the improved roadway and traffic connecting them to the provincial highway system. Thank you to all those impacted by construction for their patience while the work was being completed.
During the busy highway construction season, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding drivers to slow down and be alert when entering work zones. Please check the Highway Hotline for road restriction information before planning your trip at Saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.
A highway construction update is published weekly at Saskatchewan.ca to provide the public with the latest details on projects underway. If you encounter a signage problem in a highway work zone, you can call 306-244-5535 to report it.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure operates and maintains 26,000 km of provincial highways. The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kms of provincial highways. This includes more than $3 billion of investments over the last three years.
Our government is committed to making travel safer. Let’s all do our part to keep everyone on our roads safe this summer.