The Labour Day long weekend is one of the busiest on Saskatchewan highways and the provincial government wants to ensure all drivers and their cargo arrive safely.
And Sunday will be even busier as Saskatchewan Roughriders fans are making their way into Regina for the Labour Day Classic
David Marit is the minister of Highways and Infrastructure. He says while it’s important to slow down in the many construction zones on Saskatchewan highways, he urges all drivers to not drink and drive.
“Make your plans ahead of time that somebody is going to be driving, our you’re not going to be driving at all,” Marit told 620 CKRM News. “We want everyone to enjoy the game and have a good time, but please don’t drink and drive and really be responsible out there.”
Marit says those coming into Regina for the Labour Day Classic must remember there is a lot of roadwork going on around the city because of the Regina Bypass project.
“You’re going to hit construction with the bypass,” Marit said. “Both on #1 on the east side, #6 on the south side, #1 on the west side, and of course, #11 coming down from Saskatoon. They are working along all those highways with the Regina Bypass and the speed limit is 60 km/hr and I caution everyone to slow down.”
Marit says aside from the Regina Bypass project, there are plenty of other construction sites on Saskatchewan highways.
“We are doing construction work on many parts of the highways in Saskatchewan,” Marit said. “So we ask everybody to just take a bit of extra time and be patient going through the work zones.”
In the meantime, Regina Police are warning motorists to exercise plenty of patience while driving. Game time is 2:00 p.m.
Police suggest allowing for extra time for travel and to watch out for pedestrians, vehicles, and trains. One alternative to driving is the free Football Express bus to and from the game.
The Regina Police Service says additional officers have been assigned to manage the high volume of traffic and to enhance safety for all game attendees and residents of the area.
Traffic restrictions will affect the 1500, 1600, and 1700 blocks of Elphinstone Street beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 3rd.
Access will be limited to Regina Transit buses and local residents only (you may be asked to show that you are a local resident, e.g. home address on identification or correspondence).
At game’s end, Saskatchewan Drive will be closed from Montague Street to Argyle Street, as well as the 1800 block of Elphinstone Street will also be closed, to allow foot traffic to get to their vehicles quickly and safely.
Fans and motorists will find road closures on:
- 1500 block of Elphinstone Street at Dewdney Avenue;
- Princess Street and 9th Avenue;
- Argyle Street and 9th Avenue;
- MacTavish Street and 9th Avenue;
- Elphinstone Street and 9th Avenue;
- Elphinstone Street and 10th Avenue;
- Elphinstone Street and North Railway Street;
- Saskatchewan Drive and Elphinstone Street.