Road construction season begins in province

Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw speaks following an announcement by the federal government to fund improvements to 50 km of Highway 55. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Following the release of the Fall Tender Schedule this past September the Ministry of Highways marked May 27 as the unofficial start to the 2021 road construction season.

With one additional project set to close by the end of May, most of the planned contracts from the Fall Tender have now been awarded and are underway or will be soon.

“Construction season is here,” Highways Minister and Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw said.

“Spring and summer 2021 will be one of the largest construction seasons the province has seen in a while. With nearly $440 million in work resulting from this tender, motorists will see over 820 km of roadway improvements across the province. Drivers may experience some delays with roadworks and I ask that they slow down, plan ahead and be patient.”

Projects previously announced in the area include Highway 2 passing lanes north of Prince Albert and Highway 3 passing lanes west of Prince Albert. In the region there was also Highway 55 grade and paving near Carrot River.

Other projects include completion of a multi-year, multi-passing lane project on Highway 7 from Saskatoon to the Saskatchewan/Alberta border, Highway 5 passing lanes east of Saskatoon, Highway 7 passing lanes west of Kindersley, Highway 8 resurfacing north of Moosomin, Highway 11 bridge work near Lumsden, Highway 12 passing lanes north of Martensville, Highway 14 passing lanes west of Saskatoon to Asquith, Highway 15 resurfacing west of Highway 2 junction, Highway 16 passing lanes west of Yorkton to Springside, Highway 16 passing lanes east of Clavet to Highway 6 junction, Highway 18 paving partnership with Lake Alma, Highway 322 resurfacing near Rowan’s Ravine, Highway 905 gravel upgrade from Cigar Lake to Mclean Lake and various culverts and bridge rehabilitations and replacements.

There have been seven projects delayed, most of which will be tendered this summer or fall. These delays can be attributed to improved coordination by contractors or potential complications stemming from weather, scheduling or other external factors.

Start dates for construction projects are dependent on contractor availability and weather.