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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Saskatchewan

MOTORISTS SHOULD USE HIGHWAY HOTLINE BEFORE TRAVELING

Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation Minister Mark Wartman reminded motorists today that with a winter storm warning in southern Saskatchewan they should remember to check road conditions on the internet or phone the Highway Hotline before traveling on Saskatchewan's highways.

"The road information system we have developed uses the latest technology in providing information to the traveling public, business, industry and the rural sector," Wartman said. "This is a valuable asset for highway safety."

The Highway Hotline provides recorded information on a 24-hour basis. Information on the Hotline is updated at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily during the winter or when conditions change during severe weather. Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation staff from across the province provide information to 15 offices which then update the central information system.

The toll-free service for the Highway Hotline gives all Saskatchewan residents free access to the information. The Hotline information is also available on the department's webpage.

Environment Canada has issued a weather warning today of a series of low pressure systems moving through Montana that will push 10 to 20 cm of snow into southern Saskatchewan. Storm conditions are expected to continue into Thursday evening. Extreme caution is advised if traveling as weather conditions will be very poor.

When calling the Highway Hotline people should know the highway number they want details about. Callers can select information on current highway conditions, ferry crossing information, weight restrictions and out-of-province road information numbers.

"People are reminded to be alert for changing highway conditions. Weather during a typical Saskatchewan winter can and does change in a matter of minutes," Wartman said.

Highway Hotline Phone Numbers:

- Regina City and surrounding area: (306) 787-7623
- Saskatoon City and surrounding area: (306) 933-8333.
- The toll-free number for all other areas of the Province: 1-888-335-7623
- The toll-free number cannot be accessed when dialing from Saskatoon or Regina.

To access the Highway Hotline on the internet or for more information about other Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation activities, visit the website at: www.highways.gov.sk.ca.

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For More Information, Contact:

Doug Wakabayashi
Highways and Transportation
Regina
Phone: (306)787-4805
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