News Release - September 4, 2007
$79 MILLION TO BE INVESTED IN MAJOR HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS IN SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN
Construction is progressing across southeast Saskatchewan on $79 million worth of major highway and bridge improvements in the 2007 construction season.
"In year one of Transportation for Economic Advantage, our provincial transportation strategy, we're focusing investment on projects to support our growing and dynamic economy," Highways and Transportation Minister Buckley Belanger said. "The majority of this investment in the southeast is being spent twinning Highway 1 East to the Manitoba border, to the benefit of the entire province. However, existing industries in southeast Saskatchewan, including the oil and gas sector, mining, value-added agriculture, manufacturing and others, will benefit from these transportation improvements. The improvements will also serve to attract investment to the area."
Major construction projects include:
Highway 1 - twinning 55 km of new lanes from Burrows to the Manitoba border in partnership with the federal government, at an estimated cost of $55 million. Work began in early spring and will continue until freeze up. Contractors on this project include W.F. Botkin Construction (Regina); Johnston Brothers Ltd. (Binscarth, Man.); Wappel Construction (Regina); and Langenburg Redi-Mix (Langenburg). Contractors are working toward a November 2007 completion date with the exception of a 9.5 km twinned section around Moosomin, known as the Moosomin bypass, which will be completed in 2008.
Highway 9 - resurfacing on Highway 9 from Carlyle to 11.4 km north, and on Highway 209 from the Junction of Highway 9 to 4.2 km west through Moose Mountain Provincial Park, at a cost of $3.5 million. The Contractor was Ramco Paving out of Regina; work began on May 24 and was completed July 7.
Highway 13 - rehabilitation of the bridge over Moose Mountain Creek between Forget and Kisbey. This work will be done by Highways and Transportation crews at a cost of $460,000. The project includes the installation of two new piles, rebuilding the pier, replacing the concrete stringers and new timber caps on the bridge abutments. Construction will get underway in mid-September with an estimated completion date of late October. Traffic will be accommodated on a temporary bridge adjacent to the existing bridge during construction.
Highway 39 - resurfacing a total of 13 km from northwest of Macoun to Midale, at a cost of $2.7 million. The contractor was Potzus Road Building and Maintenance Ltd. of Yorkton. Work began July 6 and was completed July 24.
Highway 48 - paving 22 km from east of Wawota to the Junction of Highway 9 at a cost of $4.8 million. The contractor on this project is Venture Construction Ltd. out of Martensville, with a start date of Sept. 12. This project is expected to carry over to the 2008 construction season.
In addition to these projects Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation will cost-share the upgrading of the Highway 39 (Fourth Avenue) connector through Estevan with the City of Estevan and federal government. Each partner will contribute $1 million.
"With a record provincial transportation budget of $433 million, this construction season will be busy in all regions of the province," Belanger said. "We will continue to work towards our 10-year, $5 billion commitment to fundamentally realign the transportation network to ensure our export-dependant industries can move goods efficiently, and to provide more opportunities for business to invest and grow in Saskatchewan."
Motorists are reminded to slow to 60 km/hr in the construction Orange Zone when passing highway workers and equipment, for everyone's safety. Drivers who are caught speeding in the Orange Zone will face severe fines.
For more information on highway construction, maintenance and the Orange Zone go to www.highways.gov.sk.ca.
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