Passing lanes to be added between Estevan and Weyburn
September 26, 2019, 11:13 am
The contract to build new passing lanes on Highway 39 between Estevan and Weyburn has been awarded to CoCo Group, the parent company of Saskatchewan-based Langenburg.
“The safe movement of people and goods along our provincial highways is vital,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said.
“The new passing lanes will make this busy highway safer and improve efficiency for travellers in the southeast.”
The $53.3 million Highway 39 resurfacing and passing lanes project includes construction of five sets of passing lanes (10 lanes) between Estevan and Weyburn.
It will also see resurfacing between the two cities and just north of the international border, which includes shoulder widening, installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems and variable message signs, and culvert replacements.
“This is a busy international trade route for the trucking community, so we’re very pleased that the Government of Saskatchewan is proceeding with passing lanes which will allow more opportunities to pass safely and improve traffic flow,” Saskatchewan Trucking Association Executive Director Susan Ewart said.
Work is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2021.
Passing lanes provide additional opportunities for drivers to pass safely.
Passing lanes reduce highway collisions at a fraction of the cost of twinning.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $9 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 14,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways.