NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Operators regularly inspect highways to determine if plowing, salting
or sanding is needed to ensure safe driving conditions. They report conditions
to the Highway Hotline, which publishes timely information on
Saskatchewan road conditions.
Always check the Hotline before you travel by visiting
www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline or calling 511.
You can also find information related to provincial highways by following
the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline on:
• Facebook – @SaskatchewanHighwayHotline
• Twitter – @SKGovHwyHotline
• Instagram – @skhwyhotline
Improvements to Fond du
Lac Airport underway
Pre-construction work for safety improvements to the Fond Du Lac
Airport is underway.
“Our government is committed to investing in the north and this includes
air travel in northern Saskatchewan,” Highways Minister Joe Hargrave said.
“Maintaining and improving infrastructure that is critical to services like air
ambulance and firefighting is vital for those living in the north.”
The cost for construction, awarded to Saskatchewan-based SHCA member
Whitford Construction, comes in at $14 million.
The project safety improvements include:
• Construction of turn pads at both ends of the runway
• Strengthening and re-surfacing of the runway, taxiway and apron
• Replacing existing low-intensity lighting with high-intensity LED lights
Rock crushing began in early November with construction scheduled
for completion in the fall of 2021.
“This project is important, since it is essential for moving people to and
from the community,” Fond Du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi said. “This has
become much more urgent due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As such, further delays to this project may restrict landing and takeoff
weights while increasing a number of other costs associated with air
The Government of Canada, through the Airports Capital Assistance
Program, has provided $12.1 million in funding over three years for the
project. The Government of Saskatchewan will fund the remaining cost totalling
$1.9 million as well as the ongoing cost of operations and maintenance,
averaging $215,000 a year.
The Government of Saskatchewan will improve more than 1,000 km of
provincial highways this year, the first of its 10-year Growth Plan goal to
build and upgrade 10,000 km of highways. Another $300 million in highways
stimulus funds will be invested over the next two years in thin-membrane
surface upgrades, passing lanes and improvements to municipal
roads and airports.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $628 million
in northern highways and airports since 2008, including $60.3 million
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