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Local highways recognized as worst in province

Springside and Buchanan among communities on list.

YORKTON — On May 2 CAA released its list of the top ten worst roads in Saskatchewan.

Two local highways were recognized by CAA as being among the worst to drive on in Saskatchewan.

The SK-47 near Springside came in at number two on the infamous list and the SK-5 near Buchanan came in at number 5.

"First, I’m a little upset that they referenced Springside and not the RM of Orkney and RM of Goodlake that this highway runs through," said Debbie Banks, Mayor of Springside, in a message with Yorkton This Week.

"It does run right past Springside as well so our residents definitely use this highway on a regular basis," added Mayor Banks.

"Being that this is a major access secondary highway to Good Spirit Provincial park I am [concerned] that the government has not taken better care of it," said Mayor Banks, noting that last year the government completed a large section of the SK-229 to the corner of SK-47 leaving an approximately 13 km section to Springside in desperate need.

Mayor Banks went on to say she would be sending a letter to the Department of Highways expressing concerns and to determine what their plan is going to be moving forward.

"CAA’s 2022 Worst Roads campaign took place from April 6 to 30. Saskatchewan road users including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, runners, transit users, and motorcyclists were invited to nominate and vote for worst, unsafe highways, municipal or residential roads," read an official news release from CAA.