News Release - September 5, 2000
IMPROVEMENTS TO BEGIN ON HIGHWAYS 19 AND 42 NORTH OF CHAPLIN
Surfacing will take place on a 11.2 km section of Highway 19 north of Chaplin
and a four-kilometre section of Highway 42 to create a smoother driving surface
for travellers in south central Saskatchewan.
"Work will begin immediately on this $1.6 million surfacing project and should
be completed by late October," Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard
Sonntag said. "Completion of this job will require an estimated 35 full-time
W.F. Botkin Construction Ltd. of Regina was awarded the project as the lowest
of five bidders. The surfacing project on Highway 19 will begin approximately
10 km north of the junction of Highways 19 and 1 at Chaplin. Highway 42 will
receive four kilometres of new surface east of Riverhurst.
Across the province, there will be 101 major projects on 53 different
highways. Highways and Transportation's 2000 budget is $250 million, the
largest in the department's history.
"Highway 19 is an important route for north/south traffic travelling to a busy
provincial tourist destination at Lake Diefenbaker and Highway 42 carries a
number of commuters travelling to and from the Riverhurst ferry," Sonntag
said. "The department recognizes the important link between good highways
conditions and economic opportunities for our province."
Motorists are asked to drive safely through the Orange Zone and watch for
construction signs and equipment.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-0825
Cell: (306) 539-9189