While construction crews are already working on roads across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan officially kicked off the 2023 construction season.
The Government is investing $776 million in improving highways and roads, including $442 million in capital projects.
With those funds, the province plans to improve another 1,000 kilometres of highways. That includes 230 km of repaving, 300 km of medium treatments, like micro surfacing, 340 km of pavement sealing, 115 km of Thin Membrane Surface (TMS) and rural highway upgrades, and 35 km of gravel rehabilitation.
Minister of Highways Jeremy Cockrill said not only do the improvements make life safer for residents, but it also helps the province’s economy.
“Last year, Saskatchewan exported a record 52 billion in goods to international markets around the world. Now there’s over 40,000 supply chain professionals working in Saskatchewan every day to ensure that our products can get where they need to go. Those professionals rely on that safe and efficient transportation network.”
Cockrill said construction can create inconveniences for motorists, but they only last for a while.
“This inconvenience is temporary and required to ensure we can improve our network,” he said. “I would encourage everybody to check the Highway Hotline before heading out this spring and summer and plan to allow some extra time if you need it.
Cockrill urged residents to pay close attention and slow down through our construction work zones so everyone can get home safely
“We want to ensure we’re keeping our construction zones safe for those workers. All drivers should pay close attention to all signs and flag persons in work zones and slow to 60 kilometres or less.”
This year’s investment will see more than 4,600 kilometres of highways improved over the last four years.