Now that colder weather is descending on the province, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure sent out a message last week, indicating their major
construction season is winding to a conclusion.
A record $842 million budget for highways and infrastructure work this year translated into a number of significant improvements around the province.
“Improving infrastructure is a priority for our government,” said Nancy Heppner, Highways and Infrastructure minister. “We continue to make record investments in Saskatchewan roads year-after-year all within a balanced budget. I would also like to thank the road builders, engineers and ministry staff who have worked hard to make this construction season a success.”
Across the province, 370 kilometres of highway were repaved or received major upgrades. An additional 435 km of road received significant maintenance, which will ensure the existing highway infrastructure remains safe for years to come.
Some of the more major projects included the completion of Highway 7 passing lanes west of Saskatoon, grading and paving Highway 21 and 52 near Kerrobert; repaving Highway 1 through Swift Current and upgrades to the
Buffalo Narrows airport.
Lesser projects included the continuation of work on the truck bypass near Estevan that is now nearing completion.
Additionally, crews made progress on the Highway 16 twinning project east of Saskatoon, Highway 7 twinning west of Saskatoon and the start of construction for the twinning of Highway 39 between Estevan and the Bienfait turn.
The Stony Rapids Airport also received a major facelift.
Work will continue on a number of projects during the 2016 construction season. This will include the major Regina bypass and 65 kms of major highway upgrades; 50 kms of repaving projects and 80 bridge and culvert projects.
While many projects are wrapping up, some work continues year-round. During freeze-up some bridge and culvert work can still be completed and heavy materials can be hauled in to prepare for the upcoming construction projects.
Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits in construction zones and slow to 60 km/h when passing highway workers and equipment.
The provincial government reported that since 2008, they have spent a record $5.2 billion in transportation and infrastructure.