The Government of Saskatchewan is looking to build and protect more of our provincial highway system with $157.3 million in new highways projects included in the 2021 Fall Tender Plan. These projects will continue the Ministry of Highways’ efforts to help stimulate the economy and improve the safety and reliability of Saskatchewan’s transportation network.
“Early notice of our construction plans to the roadbuilding industry ensures we can secure contractors and achieve value for money for taxpayers,” Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said. “I am grateful to the roadbuilding industry for the good work they do and I look forward to seeing more work completed next year.”
Some of the significant projects included in the Fall Tender Plan include:
- Highway 1 – repaving more than 13 kilometres west of Moose Jaw;
- Highway 11 – bridge rehabilitation over the Qu’Appelle River east of Lumsden;
- Highway 11 – bridge rehabilitation over Highway 20 east of Lumsden;
- Highway 11 – bridge replacement over Highway 6 north of Regina;
- Highway 16 – resurfacing nearly 15 kilometres at Saskatoon; and
- Highway 46 – installation of traffic signals on bypass lanes at Prince of Wales Drive in Regina.
Tender releases are published in the spring and fall so the industry can thoroughly prepare and bid on upcoming projects, mitigating the risk of price increases and delivering the best possible value for taxpayers.
“The government made an important investment in our highway transportation network at a critical time for our economy,” Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said. “Our members delivered on that investment and kept many people working during a very difficult time, and we will continue to build upon that investment in the years to come. Done right, a sustained, long-term, robust investment program for Saskatchewan’s highways and trade corridors can help secure for generations to come the standard of living Saskatchewan taxpayers have come to expect.”
The Government of Saskatchewan is improving more than 1,350 km of provincial highways this year, the second of its 10-year Growth Plan goal to build and upgrade 10,000 km of highways. With this year’s projects, the province is ahead of the pace needed to meet this target.
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