Southern Saskatchewan poised for highway upgrade

CLIMAX, Sask. — Construction has begun on an upgrade to one of Saskatchewan’s trade links with the U.S.

A $7.7 million upgrade to Highway 37 in southwest Saskatchewan will involve upgrading the highway from thin membrane surface to pavement to continue work on this primary weight corridor to the U.S.

"The transportation network in southwest Saskatchewan has been underserved for years," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Wayne Elhard said. "We have vibrant energy, manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism sectors in the region that rely on quality transportation links."

Grading and paving is taking place on a 12 km stretch of Highway 37 from Climax to south of the Frenchman River, and the project is expected to be completed in 2009.

An additional $16.4 million is being invested in southwest Saskatchewan this construction season including: repaving, east of Maple Creek (west bound lanes) for a total of 11.9 km and repaving, from the Junction of Highway 21 west (eastbound lanes) for a total of 18.8 km. This project is expected to be underway Aug. 15.

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