November 5, 2002

Highway improvements completed in Saskatchewan

North Battleford, Saskatchewan – Transport Minister David Collenette, and Saskatchewan Minister of Highways and Transportation Mark Wartman today announced the completion of a project that twinned a portion of Highway 16 through Lashburn, Saskatchewan and the opening of approach roads to a new bridge in North Battleford. The projects were funded under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).

“The Government of Canada’s $6.45 million contribution to these projects has led to improvements that will enhance safety and improve the flow of traffic in Saskatchewan, and help strengthen the National Highway System,” said Mr. Collenette.

Highway 16, also known as the Yellowhead Highway, is the northern east-west transportation corridor across Western Canada. Approximately 3,000 vehicles a day use the western section of Highway 16 in Saskatchewan.

Under SHIP, the two governments have contributed $5.5 million towards the twinning of approximately three kilometres of Highway 16 through Lashburn, as well as the construction of connecting roads and new intersections. Both governments have contributed $7.4 million under SHIP, towards the twinning and improvement of the approach roads to the new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River at North Battleford.

“The funding provided for these two important twinning initiatives is an important first step in twinning our National Highway System as outlined in the provincial government’s three-year strategic plan,” Highways and Transportation Minister Mark Wartman said.

Under the SHIP agreement, the Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan will provide joint funding of $37 million over the next four years for highway improvement projects in the province. The Saskatchewan SHIP agreement, signed January 24, 2002, is part of the national $600 million SHIP program announced by Mr. Collenette in April 2001.

Funding for these projects was provided for in the December 2001 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing financial framework.

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