It was a long-awaited, first-hand view of the Balgonie overpass east of Regina on HIghway 1.
Thursday, the public got a first-hand look at the highway construction site just past White City and Emerald Park.
Beginning early next week, it will be the first overpass to open to traffic on the Regina Bypass – less than two years after construction started.
David Marit, the Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Balgonie Mayor Frank Thauberger and RM of Edenwold Reeve Mitch Huber showed off the site.
The design of the Balgonie overpass includes two roundabouts, which are designed to accommodate large vehicles, such as agriculture equipment.
“I think it’s going to be a test,” Balgonie Mayor Frank Thauberger said. “The Regina Bypass has been very good. They’ve had open houses to show people how they actually work. So I don’t think it’s going to be that challenging. But for some, it will be.”
Minister Marit says this project will give motorists some peace-of-mind.
“The number-one thing we are really looking at here is safety,” Minister Marit said. “And I think this goes a long way to make a safer community in Balgonie. Also, it gives them great opportunity for growth.”
The roundabouts include fewer stops, shorter delays, less spots where collisions are likely to occur and increased safety.
The first phase of the Regina Bypass construction between Balgonie and Highway 33 will be completed this fall, including overpasses at Balgonie, White City and Tower Road.
The Pilot Butte overpass will be partially open to traffic in 2017 and fully operational in 2018.
The remainder of the Regina Bypass will be completed in 2019.
The Regina Bypass is the largest transportation infrastructure project in the province’s history.