UNITY — A $5.6 million bypass for Highway 21 at Unity is nearing completion. The bypass supports economic growth while improving safety in the area.
The two-kilometre bypass includes grading and asphalt surfacing. It also includes the construction of one kilometre of additional service roads.
"North West Terminal plans to develop a world class processing and transportation hub that will be accessed from the realigned Highway 21," North West Terminal CEO Jason Skinner said. "This highway bypass will contribute directly to economic growth while improving safety for all drivers."
The Highway 21 project begins at the junction of Highway 14 and ends two kilometers north of the junction with the Canadian Pacific rail line.
The project is a partnership among the ministry, the town of Unity, the RM of Round Valley and North West Terminal.
The existing Highway 21 runs through a residential area and has seen increased truck traffic over a number of years. Concerns with truck volumes and proximity to residential areas, and the deterioration of the existing highway led to the recommendation to relocate Highway 21 to the east side of the community.
The contractor is Yorkton-based Potzus Paving & Road Maintenance Limited. Construction is scheduled for completion at the end of August.