Happy 100th An­niver­sary to Sask. Dept. of High­ways

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News -

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.

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