SASKATOON, SASK. — The Government of Saskatchewan has announced an estimated $220 million in road construction tenders for the 2018 season.
The tenders include more than 550 kilometres of surface improvements and consist of more than 30 construction contracts, half a dozen bridge and culvert projects and more than a dozen crushing and stockpiling contracts.
"Even though we have multiple highway and infrastructure projects currently under construction this year, we find that tendering earlier will help us secure contractors and get an early jump for next year," said Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit in a press release. "This type of planning puts us in a strong position, so materials and contractors are ready to go when construction begins next spring."
In a statement, Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association president Shantel Lipp explained the scale and timing of the fall tender schedule allows its members to meet the infrastructure needs of taxpayers and create an environment that will sustain economic growth.
"Long-term investments and early tendering help the industry plan ahead, get crews in place and ramp up to commence work as soon as possible," Lipp said.
All the tenders can be found at www.sasktenders.ca. This year the province has more than $850 million worth of work in progress or completed. Saskatchewan has invested $7.4 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 12,000 kilometres of provincial highways.