Construction of new passing lanes is underway on Highway 5 near Humboldt.
In a release from the provincial government, Highways Minister David Marit said “”As the province grows, traffic is increasing on our busiest highways, which serve as key export routes. Under the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, we are committed to investments like twinning and passing lanes that increase capacity, enhance traffic flow and improve safety.”
There will be two sets of passing lanes (four in total) for about 20 kilometres west of Humboldt to the junction of Highway 2.
Passing lanes were opened on Highway 10 between Balgonie and Fort Qu’Appelle in 2013 and on Highway 7 between Rosetown and Delisle in 2015.
Studies have shown passing lanes can reduce collisions by as much as 25 per cent at 15 per cent of the cost of full twinning.
Construction on the two sets of passing lanes for about 20 kilometres between Humboldt and the Highway 2 junction started in late June.
The $7.6 million project is scheduled to be complete this fall.