News Release - March 25, 1998
SASKATCHEWAN CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ASSIST TWINNING NATIONAL HIGHWAYS
Highways and Transportation Minister Judy Bradley, speaking at the
Western Canada Roadbuilders annual conference in Victoria, called on
the federal government to cost-share twinning Saskatchewan's national
"The federal government needs to immediately start cost-sharing the
upgrading and twinning of Canada's National Highways, including
funding to help Saskatchewan complete twinning the TransCanada Highway
from border to border and the Yellowhead Highway to the Alberta
border," Bradley said.
Saskatchewan is committed to complete twinning within 14 years. In
1997 a 92 kilometre section of the Yellowhead Highway between
Saskatoon and North Battleford was twinned. This year the province
announced it will begin work on twinning 27 kilometres of the
TransCanada near Gull Lake and 21 kilometres at Indian Head.
"We just announced 48 kilometres of twinning estimated to cost
$20 million," Bradley said. "If we had a meaningful cost-shared
program with the federal government we could double the amount of
twinning being done this year and have our two major highways twinned
in seven or eight years."
While speaking at the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy
Construction Association Bradley said the federal government has
played a large role in causing Saskatchewan's roads and highways
to deteriorate. Changes to federal regulations governing
railways have led directly to the acceleration of branch line
abandonment and dramatically increased the amount of heavy-truck
traffic on Saskatchewan highways.
"We are calling on the federal government for highway assistance
in two critical areas," Bradley said. "First to complete
twinning our sections of Canada's National Highway System and
secondly to help rebuild our rural highways being destroyed by
the transfer of freight from rail to road."
For more information, contact:
Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 787-4866