Saskatchewan Party MLA
Report from the Legislature
The Summer of 2019 has been busy here in the southwest – most notably with the Western Canada Summer Games which continue this weekend in Swift Current. Over 1,700 amateur athletes, coaches, officials and others from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut have made their way here for the largest event ever hosted in southwest Saskatchewan.
Over 425 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff from every corner of the province are proudly representing Saskatchewan in more than a dozen summer sports. I want to congratulate the Team Sask athletes on making it this far. I also want to give a huge thank you to the organizers and volunteers who have donated their time throughout the week, without whom these Games would not be possible, and to the business community of Swift Current and area for supporting the Games and ensuring that visitors have experienced a world-class visit to southwest Saskatchewan.
The City of Swift Current is among 27 Saskatchewan communities to secure funding from the proceeds of photo speed enforcement (PSE). This $100,000 grant is being used to improve traffic safety in the community through intersection construction, drainage, signage and realignment.
The goal of photo speed enforcement has always been to improve traffic safety – and that’s what it’s doing. It has also proven to reduce speed-related collisions where it takes place.
The 2019-20 Provincial Budget put a lot of emphasis on road safety – from improving signage, sight lines and lighting to twinning and passing lane projects.
Bridge work continues along Highway 4 at the Saskatchewan Landing. The scope of the project has changed somewhat because the bridge structure was in worse shape than first anticipated. There was additional concrete work required above the girder to ensure the integrity of the bridge long-term.
Traffic is currently flowing in the northbound lanes with traffic lights operating for alternating traffic flow. Drivers can expect minor delays because of the oneway traffic. Once the project is complete, the bridge will be in a like-new condition. The completion target is early September but, like all highway projects, it’s dependent on the weather.
In your travels throughout Saskatchewan this summer, it’s always good to check the Highway Hotline for up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities. Information is also available by calling 511.