Regina, Saskatchewan – A new truck route in Estevan, Saskatchewan has been finalized, with preliminary work to begin this fall.

“The Estevan truck route will improve traffic flow, enhance safety and generate potential development opportunities in the Estevan area,” said Jim Reiter, Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister. “We’ve come up with a plan for a bypass that meets current demands and allows the bypass to evolve as traffic volumes and the Estevan area grow.”

The selected route runs north of the city from the intersection of Highway 39 and Shand Road to Highway 39 west of the city. The 12-kilometre route will initially be constructed as a two-lane road. The plan was developed to allow for twinning and the addition of interchanges at the west and east ends, and at the junction of Highway 47, as future traffic volumes require.

Preconstruction work, including detailed design, utility moves and right-of-way acquisition, will start this fall. Construction will begin in 2012 and is expected to take three years to complete. The cost is estimated at $44 million, with up to $17 million contributed by the federal government.

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