REGINA - The provincial government has announced it has completed five new passing lanes on Highway 14 west of Saskatoon.
The work started June 2021 to build the passing lanes and resurface two and a half kilometres on Highway 14 between Saskatoon and Asquith, at a cost of $8.8 million. It is among 30 sets of passing lanes being built over two years.
The passing lanes are typically two kilometres in length and designed to allow motorist to safely pass on the highway. The province has cited studies showing passing lanes reduce collisions as much as 25 per cent.
"Our government remains committed to improving the safety and efficiency of our key highway corridors," said Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw in a statement. "Residents and motorists have let us know how effective passing lanes are and I am very proud of this government's commitment to build new lanes this construction season."
"This near $9-million investment in Highway 14 is greatly appreciated and will benefit not only residents, but also local businesses and industry in the area," said Biggar-Sask Valley MLA Randy Weekes in a statement. "Safety is a big priority in rural Saskatchewan and these passing lanes make good on that priority."
Other passing lane projects for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 construction seasons include:
- Highway 2 north of Prince Albert;
- Highway 3 west of Prince Albert;
- Highway 5 east of Saskatoon;
- Highway 7 west of Kindersley;
- Highway 12 north of Martensville;
- Highway 16 west of Yorkton to Springside;
- Highway 16 east of Clavet to Highway 6 junction; and
- Highway 39 between Milestone and the U.S. border.