The Pilot Butte overpass, east of Regina on Highway 1, will be completed a year ahead of schedule.
Initially the project was expected to take until the fall of 2019 for completion but that has been moved up to the fall of 2018. As well the government says at least two lanes will be open to north-south traffic by the fall of 2017.
The project was expected to take longer because of extensive underground utilities in the area that needed to be moved but that work has been completed ahead of schedule. As well the negotiations for land which is owned by the Ochapowace First Nation has gone well. Ochapawace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding so work can begin prior to the title being transferred. Ochapawace is giving up 10 hectares of land and the government in exchange has provided 13 hectares in a different location and are building a service road for their land where a gas station will be built. There is also money changing hands in the deal.
The government says the entire Regina Bypass project remains on time and on budget with the first phase of construction will be completed in the fall of 2017.