Regina, Saskatchewan – Construction has begun in Saskatchewan on a $34 million construction project in Regina that will improve the interchange of Highway 1 and Lewvan Drive.

“Safety and growth are the motivating factors behind the construction of this interchange,” said Jim Reiter, Saskatchewan’s Highways and Infrastructure Minister. “Traffic volumes at this location are substantial and will continue to rise as $2 billion to $3 billion worth of commercial, residential and industrial development takes place in southwest Regina.”

The project is being funded in partnership, with the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan contributing to the construction costs.

Construction activity currently underway includes moving utilities and building interim roadways west of the intersection to provide access to Highway 1 during the project. Beginning the week of August 31 of earlier, construction will commence on the overpass embankments and two of the ramps. This work will be complete by November 2009.

Construction of the bridge structure and remaining ramps will begin in 2010, with continued bridge construction, paving, and installation of guardrails, signage and lighting slated for 2011.  The intersection is scheduled to be open to traffic by late fall of 2011.

During construction, traffic will be directed onto temporary access roads west of the existing intersection, with the exception of southbound traffic on Lewvan Drive wishing to turn left (east) onto Highway 1. These motorists will be routed down Gordon Road to Albert Street, and will be able to use the Albert Street interchange to access Highway 1. Heavy truck traffic will be required to take alternative routes and will not be routed down Gordon Road. Motorists will be required to slow to 60 km/h through the construction orange zone when passing highway workers and equipment.

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