The Government of Saskatchewan announced that a $20 million highway project aimed to ensure the safe and reliable movement of people and goods is complete north of Carrot River on Highway 55.
This highway is an important connector for Indigenous communities like Red Earth and Shoal Lake Cree Nations, as well as regional businesses and the forest industry.
The 50/50 cost-shared highway improvement project includes surfacing of almost 38 kilometres (km) of Highway 55 as well as 30 new culverts. The new upgraded surface of Highway 55 runs approximately 1.2 km west of the junction with Highway 123 to about 37 km east of the same junction.
During high precipitation years, the water encroached the shoulders of Highway 55. The additional culverts and widening of the road will provide improved drainage to reduce the risk of flooding in the future.
“Protecting critical infrastructure is a priority for our government. Highway 55 is an important transportation link for residents and the forestry sector,” said Highways Minster Jeremy Cockrill. “This represents fulfillment of a long-standing need and a commitment to upgrade this critical route to primary weight.”
The area has been prone to flooding and the mitigation measures taken will improve access. The highway is also being upgraded to primary weight to ensure the reliability of the movement of goods.
Venture Construction of Martensville is the general contractor of the project with Clunie Consulting of Prince Albert acting as the consulting engineer.
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