Funding being finalized for TransCanada Highway paving in Southwest

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A 27 kilometre stretch of the TransCanada Highway between Beverley and Tompkins is one of four major core highways in Saskatchewan to be repaved this summer through the Building Canada Fund.

As one of four priority projects improving over 100 kilometres of the Core National Highway System under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund, the province will also be repaving 26 kilometres along Highway #16 east of Lloydminster, a 28 kilometre segment of Highway #39 northwest of Estevan, plus 21 kilometres of the TransCanada Highway from Wolseley to west of Broadview.

The 27-kilometre project west of Swift Current is on a portion of the TransCanada Highway that carries as many as 5,620 vehicles per day.

At a total estimated cost of $35.1 million, the highway improvement projects will receive $18.5 million from the province and $16.5 million from the federal government. However, it was pointed out that the federal funding portion of the project is conditional on the negotiation of a contribution agreement between the two levels of government.

The province points out that these projects are made possible because the provincial government saved approximately $16.5 million on two previously-approved BCF-MIC highway projects: the Highway 11 twinning from south of Hague to north of Mcdowell, as well as the Highway 1 and Lewvan Drive Interchange. As both projects were completed under budget, it has allowed funds to be reallocated to other priorities identified by the province.

Geographic location: Southwest, Saskatchewan, Swift Current Beverley Tompkins

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