April 24, 2007

Federal government to invest $1.7 million in Saskatchewan railway crossing improvements

Regina, Saskatchewan – In conjunction with Rail Safety Week, the federal government has announced it will provide more than $1.7 million for eight safety improvement projects at railway crossings in Saskatchewan.

“Saskatchewan produces more than two-thirds of Canada’s wheat, and many other agricultural products that must travel by train to reach markets,” says Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue. “That means that the places where roads and rails meet must be safe for everyone. These improvements will help to reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities at crossings in this province.”

Under Transport Canada’s Grade Crossing Improvement Program, eligible railway crossings are upgraded, relocated or closed. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and gates, adding gates or extra lights to existing systems, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, modifying operating circuits, or adding new circuits or timing devices. The department finances up to 80 per cent of the total cost of the improvements, with the balance provided by the railways, municipalities, or provinces and territories.

The crossings included in the investment are located in Asquith, Broadview, Ituna, Midale, Pilot Butte, Regina, Semans and Yarbo.

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