The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the completion of the Regina Bypass. The largest transportation infrastructure project in the province’s history in now open to motorists, on time and on budget.
“The opening of the Regina Bypass is an important milestone for our province and will greatly improve the transportation of goods in and out of our province’s capital city,” Premier Scott Moe said. “More importantly, the Regina Bypass will greatly improve the safety of our roads and highways for our families and industries.”
It is estimated that reduced collision rates because of the Bypass will result in $2 to $3 million in annual cost savings from property damage, injuries and fatalities. The savings in terms of human suffering are incalculable.
“Before the Bypass I was on a first name basis with the coroner’s office,” White City Fire Department Chief Randy Schulz said. “Since the first phase of the Bypass opened, we haven’t used our Jaws of Life.”
Safety was top of mind for the thousands of people who worked on the project. The Regina Bypass had a nearly unblemished safety record during four years of construction. Crews worked nearly five million hours on the Bypass with just one lost-time incident.
“This is a remarkable feat accomplished by a group of public and private partners who considered safety first in every aspect of the job,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.
That partnership extends to the people and local governments that supported the Bypass and patiently worked through the inevitable disruptions caused by construction.
SaskLink Global Transportation Partners was the consortium responsible for the design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance contract for the Regina Bypass. The consortium included: VINCI, Gracorp Capital, Parsons, Graham, Carmacks, McElhanney, Urban Systems, COWI North America, EXP, Clifton Associates, and National Bank.