The Regina Bypass project remains on schedule and budget, and in some places, ahead of schedule.
When the largest infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history is completed it will include 12 overpasses, 40 kilometers of new four-lane highway, 20 kilometers of re-surfaced four-lane highway, 55 kilometers of new service roads and the twinning of approximately five kilometers of Highway 6.
Alisdair Dickinson Project Director for the Regina Bypass Design Builders Partnership said currently the overpass at White City is the first area people can expect to see completed and open to traffic.
Dickinson added they are also pleased to announce that the Pilot Butte interchange is a year ahead of schedule, slatted to open in October 2018, instead of October 2019.
“We able to announce recently that the Pilot Butte interchange, which was set to open in October 2019, has been accelerated to October 2018.”
The advancement in completion dates is believed to be due to good weather for the most part and the collaboration and hard work of many people on site.
He said the whole east side of the project from Balgonie west to Highway 33 is a priority to finish and while the project as a whole will be open in October 2019, that area was a main focus due to the high concentration of traffic and is set to open in October 2017.
So far there have been more than 4000 workers who have received a project-specific safety orientation, with no lost time injuries sustained.
Regina Bypass Design Builders have already moved more than 5-million cubic meters of dirt, which is nearly four times the amount of dirt that was removed in the Big Dig at Wascana lake.