Motorists reminded to slow down for full length of work zones

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Saskatchewan motorists are reminded that they must always slow to 60 kilometers per hour in work zones when the limit is posted, regardless of whether workers or equipment are visible.

“Even if workers are not present, there are cases where hazards such as sharp pavement drop-offs or loose stones warrant keeping your speed at 60 km/hr,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said.  “If you see the maximum 60 kilometer per hour sign you must slow down, without exceptions. It’s black and white.”

If there are potential hazards in a work zone but no workers present, crews will cover the orange ‘workers present’ sign as well as the ‘fines triple’ notification. The maximum 60 kilometers per hour sign remains uncovered, notifying motorists of the official speed limit for the work zone.

New projects underway this week include grading on Highway 123 southwest of Cumberland House, grading on Highway 2 near Hoey, surface repairs on Highway 5 near Togo and the reconstruction of a stretch of Highway 20 near Pilger.

The weekly construction update provides Saskatchewan residents with the latest details on projects underway to help to plan safe and efficient travel throughout the summer and fall.

To learn more about Saskatchewan work zones, head to www.highways.gov.sk.ca/workzone/ and to view a gallery of photos from this year’s construction season, visit www.highways.gov.sk.ca/ConstructionGallery2013.

Additional travel information about emergency road closures, the status of ferries and barges and other road activities can also be found on the Highway Hotline at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/road-conditions. It's also available by calling 306-787-7623 in Regina, 306-933-8333 in Saskatoon, the SaskTel cellular network at *ROAD, toll-free across Canada at 1-888-335-7623 and via the Highway Hotline mobile website at http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/sk/map/mobile/.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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