Travelling to White City will soon be safer for area residents – motorists and pedestrians as the new White City overpass is about open to traffic less than two years after construction started.
A unique feature of the White City overpass is a pedestrian walkway that will connect the Trans Canada Trail on both sides of Highway 1.
The White City overpass is a diamond interchange, with Highway 48 crossing overtop of Highway 1. With the construction of the overpass and the service road network well underway, people will be able to drive from Balgonie to Highway 33 without travelling on Highway 1.
“For residents of White City and surrounding area, this overpass means safer access to and from their communities,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. ”The opening of the White City overpass is a sign that we’re another step closer to completing this phase of the Regina Bypass.”
By opening the White City overpass to traffic, the Regina Bypass Design Builders will be able to complete the remaining construction around the overpass. Once the overpass opens, the current intersection at Highways 1 and 48 will close.
“The new overpass, and the White Butte Trans Canada Trail crossing, will enhance the quality of life for residents in the region by making travel to and from the city safer, while providing a unique crossing of the Trans-Canada Highway by the Trans Canada Trail to be enjoyed for generations to come,” White City Mayor Bruce Evans said.
“We hope the safety and traffic flow improvements this project will bring to our municipality, and the White Butte Region, will allow our communities to continue to grow and leave a legacy of connectivity and safety for generations to come,” RM of Edenwold Reeve Mitchell Huber said.
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.