Yorkton West Truck Route now open

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YORKTON, Sask. — The first phase of the Yorkton West Truck Route was opened to trck traffic on Friday with the second phase slated to open next year.

“I’m delighted to see the project reach this milestone,” Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister, Jim Reiter said. “This road work will support the new canola crushing plants and related truck traffic just west of Yorkton. As an export-based economy, it’s important for our province to have a first-class network of transportation infrastructure for trucks, which help get our goods to local, provincial and worldwide markets.”

Phase one of the project cost $8.2 million and better facilitates truck movement to Grain Millers Drive and in and out of nearby canola crushing plants. The route also directs truck traffic away from areas travelled by passenger vehicles.

“This provincial transportation investment will also benefit local area motorists and those visiting our city,” Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said. “Once both phases are open to traffic, the project will help divert truck traffic around Yorkton, which will increase safety and reduce traffic congestion.”

Phase two construction is now underway. It will include building a six-kilometre bypass highway connecting Hwy. 16 and Grain Millers Drive to Hwy. 52. Turning lanes will also be built. Phase two projects will be open to truck traffic in 2011, the province announced.

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