ESTEVAN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Nov. 18, 2016) - Modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good paying, middle class jobs.
As the current main construction season draws to a close, the Government of Canada is pleased to highlight the progress being made on the Highway 39 twinning project near Estevan. This route is a crucial transportation corridor for the area's oil, coal and agricultural industries, and the work underway will enhance the highway's capacity to handle both commercial and public traffic.
The project involves the construction of approximately 10 kilometres of newly twinned highway from the Estevan East urban limit to 2.2 kilometres east of the Highway 18 junction. The project will also include intersection improvements and the construction of a new underpass to provide a grade separation for a coal haul road. These improvements will increase safety on one of Saskatchewan's busiest highways, while also reducing congestion and travel times to allow for future growth in the region.
The Government of Canada will be contributing up to $12,509,500 for this project under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP). The Government of Saskatchewan will be responsible for all remaining funding for this project, which has a total estimated cost of $27 million.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that we need smart, strategic investments in safe and modern transportation infrastructure to support local, national and international trade, as well as create good, well-paying jobs that help the middle class grow and prosper. By financing projects like these improvements to one of Saskatchewan's busiest highways, we can build the transportation networks that will pave the way for increased commerce and investment."
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/sk-eng.html
The Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
Web: Infrastructure Canada