Federal and provincial funding for highway interchanges improves safety and traffic flow
By On-Site MagazineConstruction Roads federal funding highway highway interchanges provincial roads
Highways 11 and 12 are integral components of Western Canada’s transportation network. They connect natural resource industries and the agricultural community to key economic trade corridors, west coast ports, and north-south trade routes to the United States.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Nancy Heppner, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, have announced funding for two new highway interchanges in Warman (Highway 11) and in Martensville (Highway 12), north of Saskatoon.
“Tremendous growth in Warman and Martensville over the past five years has significantly increased traffic on highways in the area. The new overpasses will improve traffic flow and efficiency and, more importantly, help people get home safely,” said Heppner.
Investing in such highway infrastructure helps parents get home from work quickly to spend more time with their kids. Greatly improving driver safety and maximizing the flow of traffic along these critical corridors, the new interchanges will expedite the transportation of goods to international markets and support continued economic growth throughout Western Canada.
The improvements will also help to accommodate future increases in traffic in the region due to local population growth, and to promote economic development that will help the middle class grow and prosper. Bundling these two interchanges together as one project will allow for the efficient scheduling of construction crews and activities.
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP). Under the program, the Government of Canada will contribute up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs and the Government of Saskatchewan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project. The details of the funding were delivered to Saskatchewan and will be released publicly at the completion of the tendering process.