Prairie highway twinning nearing completion

SASKATOON — Work is well underway on a $30 million investment to twin 35 kilometres of Highway 11 between Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Final paving of a 12-kilometre segment of newly-twinned highway was completed earlier this month from north of Warman to north of Osler. Work is now progressing on the Osler service road with planned completion for the end of August, weather permitting.

Construction is also underway on a 12-kilometre section from north of Osler to just south of Hague. Grading on this section is almost complete, with surfacing to follow in mid-July. This section of twinned highway should be open to the public by the end of October.

"The Saskatoon bedroom communities of Warman and Osler are dynamic and growing, with traffic counts in the range of 7,500 commercial and personal vehicles per day on this section of Highway 11," said Wayne Elhard, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure. "Twinning should help ease congestion along this vital corridor."

In the Prince Albert area, grading work is 80 percent complete on an 11.3 km-section of twinned highway from north of Macdowall to the junction of Hwy 2 south of Prince Albert. Once grading is complete later in July, work will begin on surfacing this newly-twinned highway. The new lanes should be open to the public by the end of October.

"The mining, exploration, and oil and gas sectors across northern Saskatchewan funnel thousands of heavy trucks through Prince Albert on a daily basis," Elhard said. "Improving this vital gateway will not only make travel safer and far more efficient for commercial traffic, but it will enhance the drive for thousands of visitors who head north each year to take advantage of our northern lakes."

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