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REGINA, Sask. - Saskatchewan's new premier, Lorne Calvert, promised to make the province's highways a priority, and he came good during the March budget announcement.A total of $311.7 million will be ...


REGINA, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s new premier, Lorne Calvert, promised to make the province’s highways a priority, and he came good during the March budget announcement.

A total of $311.7 million will be invested in highways this year, an increase of $61.6 million. That is 24.7 per cent more than last year’s department budget. In addition to that, the province has committed to investing more than $900 million in transportation over the next three years. Accelerating the twinning of Hwy. 1 between Tompkins and the Alberta border tops the list of transportation projects. The province will complete the project four years ahead of schedule.

“Today’s budget shows we are committed to fixing the roads,” Highways and Transportation Minister Pat Atkinson says. She credits tax windfalls from the oil and gas industry for the highway-funding splurge. n


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