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Friday, October 31, 2014
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2009 CONSTRUCTION SEASON KICKS OFF

Motorists can expect to see substantial construction underway across the provincial highway network heading into the May long weekend.

As construction starts on projects such as Highway 32 near Abbey, Highway 368 south of Lake Lenore and ongoing twinning of Highway 11 between Prince Albert and Saskatoon, motorists are reminded to take time to plan the safest and most efficient routes.

"Our current budget boosts spending to $630 million - the largest transportation budget in Saskatchewan's history - and is designed to address our infrastructure deficit to keep our export-based economy moving," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Wayne Elhard said. "While all this work is underway, it's important for motorists to be cautious and slow to 60 kilometres (km) per hour when passing highway workers and equipment, be alert and be prepared to stop as directed."

Construction resumed on Highway 11 in early May. Crews are currently working on 12 km of new northbound lanes north of Hague. Motorists should be aware of blowing dust from this grading work. Twinning is also expected to resume south of Prince Albert in June. Crews will be placing a final layer of pavement from the junction of Highway 2 south for about 11 km. This section of highway will be opened to traffic following completion of the paving and sign installation.

Meanwhile, work for the season on Highway 32 near Abbey has begun. This includes grading, along with the application of sand and gravel. Motorists are advised to be cautious through the work zone with traffic potentially reduced to one lane. Construction also began this week south of Lake Lenore on Highway 368. Motorists should expect delays, blowing dust and traffic potentially reduced to one lane through the area.

Ongoing work is subject to weather conditions and contractor progress. To view an interactive highway map detailing construction and maintenance activities and advisories, motorists are also encouraged to visit both the Summer Road Conditions and Road Conditions Map sections of the Highway Hotline online at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/road-conditions/.

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For more information, contact:

Doug Wakabayashi
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4804 Kirsten Leatherdale
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8484

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