Happy 100th Anniversary to Sask. Dept. of Highways
The Government of Saskatchewan has a proud history in the building and maintaining of the province’s highways. In 1917, The Highways Act came into effect, which ceased the existence of the Board of Highway Commissioners and gave birth to a new ministry — the Department of Highways. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. “We’ve come a long way in the last one hundred years; from building roads with a horse and scraper, to asphalt pavement, and now to overpasses and highways with 25,000 vehicles per day,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “During the last century we’re pleased to have had the privilege of employing thousands of professional men and women who have had excellent careers working with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.” Things were different back then — The Premier of the province was William M. Martin; there were horse-drawn buggies on the road, ferry operators were paid $3 per day and the equipment used to build and maintain highways was much different. As the ministry continues to build and maintain Saskatchewan’s highway infrastructure, drivers are reminded to observe the posted speed limits in construction zones and slow to 60 km/h when passing highway workers and equipment. If you’re planning a trip this summer, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline. The Highway Hotline provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities. The Government of Saskatchewan has invested $7.4 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 12,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways. A weekly construction update is also published on the www.saskatchewan.ca website.