Premier Scott Moe announced the Government of Saskatchewan and the RM of Frenchman Butte are partnering to upgrade nine kilometres of the Frenchman Butte Access and 26 kilometres of Highway 21, north of the municipality.
“These roads are crucial to our ratepayers, recreation, tourism and industry,” says Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte No. 501 Reeve Bonnie Mills-Midgley.
Work will begin this construction season to upgrade the thin membrane surface roadways to an asphalt concrete surface. According to the government, the original roads were not designed to carry heavy truck traffic and Highway 21 is often used by the oil and gas and agricultural industries.
“We are making investments in highways to build a strong economy and to support strong communities,” says Premier Scott Moe. “We can achieve more when we work together with our municipal partners and we are grateful to the RM of Frenchman Butte.”
The $19 million partnership agreement was set in place last summer.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008. The province plans to build and upgrade 10,000 kilometres of highways over the next 10 years as part of the Plan for Growth.