Motorists in central and northern Saskatchewan have benefited from the installation of three of the six new roadside cameras unveiled by the province.
The province announced the completion of six new roadside cameras earlier today, bringing Saskatchewan's total camera network to 10 cameras.
The closest camera to the Southwest is a newly added camera along the TransCanada Highway through Moose Jaw. Two locations on Highway #10 (at Balgonie and Avonhurst) also assist motorists in the central portion of the province.
New cameras were also added to assist motorists in the Prince Albert region, with cameras added near the St. Louis Bridge (Highway #2 south of Prince Albert), and at MacDowall (Highway #11 southwest of Prince Albert).
The sixth camera was added near Borden to cover Borden (Highway #16 northwest of Saskatoon.
Original cameras established by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure covered Highway #11 between Regina and Saskatoon (with roadside cameras near Davidson and Blackstrap), plus Paradise Hill (Highway #3 northeast of Lloydminster), and Weyakwin (Highway #2 between Prince Albert and La Ronge).
The TransCanada running through the Southwest remains without a highway camera. A Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure daily traffic volume map for 2013 shows the TransCanada immediately west of Swift Current has average traffic volumes of 8,780.
Neighbouring Alberta has a total of 12 cameras on the TransCanada, while Manitoba has three roadside cameras along the TransCanada between Winnipeg and the Saskatchewan border.
An earlier press release from the province noted the cameras approximately cost over $35,000 to install. When announcing the addition of the cameras back in November, the province highlighted that the roadside cameras are not a perfect solution for motorists, as black ice is not evident on the cameras.
The province intends to provide additional highway information improvements, with the Highway Hotline website to feature a new alert icon notifying motorists of accidents and other travel impediments, as well as an alert ribbon which will display weather warnings, amber alerts and other important notifications.