The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is warning motorists in the southeast to expect delays on Highway 39 from North Portal to Rouleau, as work is getting started on multiple projects.
Major delays are expected on Highway 39 between North Portal and Rouleau, the government said, as multiple construction crews will be working on more than 200 kilometres (km) of highway throughout the summer months.
Drivers are advised to consider alternate routes, such as Highway 33, Highway 35 or Highway 47.
Construction is underway on a total of $93 million worth of work on Highway 39. Work between Hitchcock and Weyburn includes five sets of passing lanes, about 35 kilometres of paving, culvert replacements, a new intelligent transportation system (ITS) and various safety improvements.
Construction is also underway on Highway 39 between McTaggart to Milestone, which includes four sets of passing lanes and about 25 kms of paving. Crews have also begun work on 32 kms of Highway 39 from Corinne to Rouleau.
The Government of Saskatchewan is starting work on a number of passing lane projects which will improve traffic flow while providing more opportunities to pass safely,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “We ask drivers to be patient in work zones or consider alternate routes during road construction season.”
Work is underway on the $18.8 million first phase of a multi-year project on Highway 5, which includes about 10 km of widening and sight-line improvements through the hills and valleys east of the old Highway 27 to Blucher Road.
The ministry says crews will be making their best efforts to accommodate traffic during the construction period.