Saskatchewan’s new Highways and Infrastructure Minister didn’t wait long to head back home.
Lori Carr met with the Estevan-based to Time To Twin Committee in August regarding the future for Highways 6 and 39.
The group has long supported the twinning of the highways twinned from the border town of North Portal up to Regina.
Committee co-chair Marge Young said during their meeting, they wanted to bring the Minister up to speed.
“We presented her with letters that I’d received from Premier Wall and from Nancy Hepner, stating that the highway would be twinned,” she said. “We presented her with letters from the Southeast Transportation Planning committee.”
In Carr’s opinion the meeting went as well as it could go.
“The Time to Twin committee has been around for quite some time, probably over ten years.”
The government is still proceeding with passing lanes between Estevan and Regina, with construction on the first set taking place just outside the Saskatchewan capital. Some areas, however, will need twinning.
“They can happen in a very short time frame,” said Carr. “I don’t know if you’ve used passing lanes in the past, but they are very safe and very effective.”
That’s a position Young doesn’t agree with.
“We don’t recognize that passing lanes will be as safe. We feel that the government is putting passing lanes in just to check off a box to say ‘this is finished.'”
One of the main reasons the committee believes the highways should be twinned is in regards to semi traffic.
“We started taking count ourselves and listening to the count and recognized there were approximately 1000 semis a day that were passing through the Weyburn-Estevan area.”