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Twinning the main focus of Saskatchewan highway improvements

REGINA, Sask. -- Throughout Saskatchewan a number of highway construction projects are underway in an effort to imp...


REGINA, Sask. — Throughout Saskatchewan a number of highway construction projects are underway in an effort to improve the province’s flow of commercial goods.

The province is investing nearly $57 million on twinning construction this year, as well as undertaking numerous grading projects for future surfacing.

“The safety of the travelling public is the primary reason these twinning projects are taking place,” noted Highways and Transportation Minister Eldon Lautermilch. “In addition, twinning will improve the province’s busiest highways to support tourism and economic development, and move our export goods to market efficiently across inter-provincial borders.”

Twinning on Highways 1 and 16 will include 63 km of new lanes opened to traffic this year and an additional 70 km of grading work in preparation for surfacing next year. This work is valued at approximately $49.4 million.

Survey crews are currently undertaking field work from south of Hague to Rosthern, and doing preliminary planning from Prince Albert south, for future twinning on Highway 11.

As well on Highway 11, work is now underway on 9 km of grading on new lanes from north of Warman to north of Osler in preparation for future surfacing. Work on the next 9 km of new lanes from Rheinland toward Hague will begin in September. Combined these projects are valued at approximately $7.5 million.

Motorists are reminded to slow to 60 km per hour when passing highway workers and equipment in the construction Orange Zone. It is the law in Saskatchewan to slow to 60 km per hour when passing highway workers or emergency services personnel.


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