Resurfacing work has been completed on Highways 8 and 308 near Rocanville, delivering nearly $13 million in highway improvements for motorists and local industry.
Initially announced as part of the Fall 2020 Tender Release (the largest in Saskatchewan's history with $437 million of new projects), over 30 kilometres of resurfacing on Highway 8 and Highway 308 took place this spring and summer. The Highway 8 portion was funded through the Ministry of Highways' rehabilitation program and the Highway 308 project was funded through the provincial stimulus program announced in May 2020.
"This project builds on our government's commitment to protect, build and grow our province," Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said. "This near $13 million project put Saskatchewan workers back on the job and utilized stimulus funding to protect and build our vital infrastructure in rural Saskatchewan."
"These improvements to Highways 8 and 308 will prove very beneficial to the local economy in Rocanville and the surrounding area," MLA for Moosomin Steven Bonk said. "I am proud to say the project used 100 per cent local labour and I am confident residents will be very pleased to see these upgrades completed."
The province's $2 billion stimulus program is aimed at helping drive the economic recovery from the global pandemic. The Ministry of Highways received $300 million to upgrade thin-membrane surface (TMS) highways, construct passing lanes and improve municipal roads and airports. There have now been four stimulus projects completed in the program's second year.
The Government of Saskatchewan is improving more than 1,350 km of provincial highways this year, the second of its 10-year Growth Plan goal to build and upgrade 10,000 km of highways. With this year's projects, the province is ahead of the pace needed to meet this target.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $10.6 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 17,100 km of Saskatchewan highways.