As the long-weekend approaches, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding travellers to be aware of work zones and travel with care on our provincial highways.
“The Saskatchewan Day long weekend is always a busy time for camping and other recreational activities with family and friends,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “With this in mind, we ask that travellers please respect the work zones and remember that the workers have families too.”
“Long weekends are busy times on our highways, with an increased risk of being injured or killed in a vehicle collision, so we’d like to remind everyone to take care out there,” said Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave. “Please obey posted speed limits, especially in orange zones. Police will also be out watching for impaired drivers, so if long weekend plans involve alcohol — or anything else that impairs you — plan a safe ride home.”
Some of the highway construction work includes surfacing on:
• Highway 6 near Dafoe and Raymore;
• Highway 8 near Redvers;
• Highway 11 south of Saskatoon and Dundurn;
• Highway 11 near Chamberlain;
• Highway 13 near Weyburn;
• Highway 16 near Saskatoon;
• Highway 36 near Willow Bunch;
• Highway 47 north of Melville;
• Highway 165 southwest of La Ronge; and
• Highway 312 near Wakaw.
There are many reasons work zones have temporary speed reductions left in place even when workers are not present. A sharp pavement drop, lane closure or loose gravel are examples of hazards that warrant a slower posted speed.
If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities. Information is also available by calling 511.
A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel. You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.