The Ministry of Highways is aiming to improve the safety of the highways in the province.
Crews will be out in full force building passing lanes on Highway 6 between Regina and the Highway 39 junction, as well as on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin.
Highways Minister David Marit says passing lanes are a fast, cheap, and safe alternative.
“What we really looked at here is we can do this quickly; these passing lanes are going to be constructed this year, and I think the date is sometime in October that they’ll be open,” Marit says. “This will greatly improve the safety of this highway from the corridor down from #39 into the City of Regina, there’ll be two sets and we’ve proven that they do provide a safe means for traffic.”
Motorists can expect to see crews out in full force this year, including highway twinning at highway 7 west of Saskatoon, continued work on the Regina bypass, and overpasses being built on highways 11 and 12 outside of Martensville and Warman.
Marit says the support for the passing lanes has been heard from north and south of the border.
“The City of Weyburn was pretty adamant that if they had it twinned, they didn’t want a bypass going around, and they’re endorsing the passing lanes,” Marit says. “I actually met with our folks in North Dakota, they were very concerned with what was going to happen with traffic, so when we said we were looking at the passing lanes, they were very supportive of that, in fact now they’re looking at the same thing for I think what they call Highway 52.”
Passing lanes are said to be 85% cheaper than twinning the highway altogether, and also provide for safer travel on single-lane highways.