News Release - September 15, 2000
NEW TWINNED SECTION ON HIGHWAY 16 EAST OF SASKATOON
A new eight kilometre stretch of twinning on Highway 16 east of Saskatoon will
be opened to traffic today.
Safety concerns over high traffic volumes on Highway 16 east of Saskatoon
prompted the $9 million twinning project, which will improve traffic flow and
safety in the Saskatoon area.
"This stretch of highway has seen a steady increase in traffic causing serious
congestion as development and growth in this area continues," Highways and
Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag said. "This twinning project was an
important investment for the safety of people residing in this region."
Paving began on the new lanes of Highway 16 east of the cloverleaf at Highway
11 and extended to approximately one kilometre west of Floral. As well, paving
was completed along associated roadways such as the Patience Lake Mine Road,
sections of Zimmerman Road and on and off ramps at Boychuk Drive. In total,
contract crews completed 14.4 km of paving work at a cost of $6.5 million.
Anderson Rental and Paving Ltd. of Saskatoon provided the surfacing work on
this section and Nemanishen Contracting Ltd. of Langham was the contractor for
the grading which took place in 1999.
The ramps at Boychuk Drive will not be open until the City of Saskatoon
completes construction work at this location. It is anticipated that the ramps
should be opened to traffic by the end of October. In addition, the completion
of the final paving on Highway 16 from the new Patience Lake Mine Road Access
to the east will take place after being opened to traffic.
For more information, contact:
Allan Widger, Executive Director
Phone: (306) 787-4858
(cell) (306) 537-3614