Highway work near provincial parks underway

Bridge near Duck Mountain Provincial Park among the upgrades

Bridge work on Highway 5 near Duck Mountain Provincial Park is part of more than $50 million worth of highway construction underway near provincial parks heading into this August long weekend.

“Saskatchewan has so much natural beauty at our parks and lakes, it is important that we maintain the infrastructure near these provincial gems,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said in a release.  “With this investment, as part of our Saskatchewan 2020 growth plan, we will maintain the quality and experience of going to our parks for years to come.”

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Other highway construction projects near Saskatchewan’s parks include:

•       Bridge work on Highway 1 north of the Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park;

•       Culvert installations on Highway 2 near Prince Albert National Park;

•       Intersection improvements on Highway 4 near the Battlefords Provincial Park;;

•       Construction on Highway 219 near Danielson Provincial Park;

•       Paving on Highway 255 near Tobin Lake;

•       Paving on Highway 265 near Candle Lake; and

•       Resurfacing on Highway 355 near Sturgeon Lake.

“This is great news for all of the people who love to visit our incredible provincial parks,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Making these improvements a priority will go a long way to enhancing safety and the experience for our visitors year-round.”

With many residents getting set to visit Saskatchewan’s lakes, rivers and parks this August long weekend, travellers are being reminded to plan ahead by checking the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.  Travellers need to stay alert, obey signs and slow to 60 km/hr through the work zone in order to keep our highway workers safe.

There may still be times when you are required to slow down when workers are not present in the work zone.  A sharp pavement drop-off or loose stones during a seal coat are examples of hazards that warrant a slower posted speed.  Report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.

A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.  You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $9.8 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 15,800 km of Saskatchewan highways.  Another $300 million in highways stimulus funds will be invested over the next two years to stimulate Saskatchewan’s economic recovery.

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