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Saskatchewan, feds invest in highway improvements

The Canada and Saskatchewan Governments are investing to improve conditions along Saskatchewan highways. Highway 16 will see 43 kilometres of improvements between Marshall and Delmas, and Highway 4 will see 14 kilometres of improvements from North Battleford to Cochin.

These are only portions of all 259 kilometres of highway that will be improved through the project, which includes work along highways 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 33 and 39. A total of $81,733,900 is being spent on the project between the Government of Canada and the Saskatchewan Government.

Saskatchewan MLA for Lloydminster, Colleen Young, says the routes have been prioritized based on major transportation routes. She says that in her travels along the highway between her constituency and the legislature, she notices some of the roadways need it.

“With the heavy truck traffic that we do have, transporting goods back and forth using that as a major route, there needs to be some of those deficiencies addressed in order to ensure safety,” says Young.

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The Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in a variety of infrastructure projects, including public transit projects, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects.

The federal minister of rural economic development, Bernadette Jordan, says the investment will enhance road safety and create more fluid traffic.

“With investments like these, our government is creating safer, and more fluid travel for people who travel on Saskatchewan’s highway network. This work will help local businesses compete, promote a higher quality of life for residents and support the long-term economic prosperity of this province,” says Jordan.

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