The Wall government promised to put more money into highways during the election campaign, and that promise was fulfilled in Kevin Doherty’s budget released this week.
The budget for Highways and Infrastructure is set at $1.15 billion for capital construction, major project such as the Regina Bypass and highway repair and maintenance. Some of the highways targeted to receive upgrades during 2016-2017 are Highway 354 near Dilke, Highway 322 near Silton, Highway 220 near Strasbourg, Highway 340 by Radisson and Highway 376 near Maymont.
These same roads have made the top ten list of worst roads in the province for the 2015 and 2016 CAA Worst Roads campaigns as nominated and voted by CAA Saskatchewan Members and motorists Specifically, Highways 354 near Dilke and 322 by Silton have placed as two of the top three worst roads for the two consecutive years of the CAA campaign. Typically worst roads have potholes, cracks, crumbling pavement, poor or no signage, and congestion.
CAA Saskatchewan board chair Heather Laing says they are thankful to their members and people who took part in the annual worst roads campaign because it was them who identified troublesome and dangerous road conditions. She adds this investment by the government to fix bad roads will help keep motorists safe.