REGINA — Sixteen highway construction projects worth more than $130 million have been awarded as part of Saskatchewan’s long-term plan to boost the economy and improve infrastructure.
The province’s two-year $2 billion stimulus program intends to use targeted government investment to help drive economic recovery from the global pandemic.
The awarded projects are expected to be completed this fall. Another eight construction projects are in the tendering process. At least four more will be tendered later this year.
The funding for the projects was put together in May when the Ministry of Highways stated it would administer an “economic booster shot” of $300 million over two years to spur recovery.
This included specific types of construction, like upgrades to thin-membrane surface highways and passing lane projects.
“Our government is stepping up to support the Saskatchewan economy as we make our way through this pandemic,” Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said in a statement. “With the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, we know our plan is working, and we’re just getting started.”