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MOOSOMIN, Sask. – The rebuilding of Hwy. 8 between Moosomin, Sask. and Fairlight, Sask. has hit some roadblocks, and the project will now be divided into two parts over two years.

The project, which was to include rebuilding the roadbed, surfacing, and putting up a new bridge across the Pipestone Creek, has become more complicated than engineers first thought.

“We now know that the problems at the Pipestone and the Little Pipestone are more serious than we realized,” says executive director of engineering services, Allan Widger.

“On the south slope of the Pipestone Valley, there has been a landslide problem, and in the Little Pipestone, there are some concerns about the base, so there will be a really high fill.”

As a result of the modified plan, the widened, built up highway will be left with a gravel surface over next winter.

The $4 million project is now expected to be completed next year.

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