News Release - September 15, 2000
RIBBON-CUTTING HELD FOR HIGHWAY 304 COMPLETION
A $2.3 million, 18 km surfacing project on Highway 304 west of Highway 4 was
completed today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the event with Highways and
Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag and local civic officials attending.
In 1998, the department surfaced 16.2 km of Highway 304 beginning at Makwa and
continuing east to the start of this year's project. The cost of that project
was $2.1 million.
Since 1997, $4.4 million has been spent on surfacing on Highway 304 between
Makwa and Junction 4 Highway. The entire length of Highway 304 is now surfaced.
Surfacing on the last 18 km stretch of Highway 304 required extensive
improvements as more heavy trucks began using this route.
"People travelling between Makwa and Meadow Lake can now enjoy a smooth
highway," Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag said. "This
section of Highway 304 had been a thin dust-free surface and was in rough shape.
"This upgrading project completes an important highway link between Highways 26
and 4 and will greatly improve safety on this highway as well as the comfort of
Highway 304 improvements include reshaping of the earth subgrade, and
strengthening the highway with layers of sand and gravel, and a double seal
coat. Carmacks Enterprises Ltd., was awarded the latest construction project
as the lowest bidder and began hauling gravel in November 1999, with surfacing
commencing in late July. The surfacing project started just west of the
junction of Highways 304 and 4 and continued 18 km west.
For more information, contact:
Ray Connoly, Director
Phone: (306) 933-6117