News Release - January 23, 2001
SURFACING SET FOR HIGHWAY 17 BY ONION LAKE
A tender has been awarded for surfacing 12.6 km of Highway 17 near the Onion
Lake First Nation.
"Work for this $3.7 million surfacing project is anticipated to begin in mid-
May of 2001 and should be completed by late July," Highways and Transportation
Minister Maynard Sonntag said. "Completion of this job will require an
estimated 55 full-time workers."
"Project construction is cost-shared equally with Alberta Infrastructure, as
the highway runs along the Saskatchewan-Alberta border."
This 12.6 km surfacing project is the second phase of a two-year project.
During the 2000 construction season, a 10.7 km stretch of Highway 17 south of
Onion Lake was graded. Paving will now occur on the same section. As well,
surfacing will be completed on 1.9 km of Highway 17 between the North
Saskatchewan River and this newly graded stretch. A further 500 metres will be
surfaced on a nearby municipal road located in the County of Vermilion River.
Anderson Rental & Paving Ltd. of Saskatoon was awarded this surfacing project.
Drivers are asked to watch for large trucks hauling crushed gravel in the Onion
Lake region during the months of January and February.
This resurfacing project was identified in the 2000/2001 Winter Tender Schedule
for Saskatchewan highway work, worth an estimated $90 million. The Winter
Tender Schedule ensures timely and efficient delivery of highway improvements
"Onion Lake residents will have much easier access to Lloydminster on a smooth
new highway once paving is completed," Sonntag said. "This project
demonstrates our commitment to rural Saskatchewan to improve roads linking
For more information, contact:
Ray Connoly, Director
Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 933-6117
(cell) (306) 230-5272