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Highway 123 in Cumberland House gets needed improvements

Chrissie O'Brien
Highway 123 in Cumberland House gets needed improvements

The condition of Highway 123 near Cumberland House in Saskatchewan is getting some needed attention.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has announced six kilometres will receive a grade raise over numerous locations throughout the 2018 construction season.

“We know how important Highway 123 is to the community of Cumberland House,” said Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit in a statement.

“With parts of the road running through the Saskatchewan River delta, we are happy to announce a project that will reduce the future risk of flooding.”

Design work was undertaken in 2016 by Associated Engineering with Finn Construction Ltd. mobilizing initially in 2017. The construction firm’s work was then thwarted by heavy rain. 

The initial aggregate earthworks for the project were done in early March 2018 in preparation for what will be over $3 million in upgrades.

Government spokesperson Steve Shaheen said most of the grade raise will be between 24 kilometres and 29 kilometres north of the E.B. Campbell Dam. The other section is smaller, about 42 kilometres north of the dam. 

“These two locations are on curves on the highway near the river and are prone to flooding so the project should mitigate that,” Shaheen said.

“In the end we will have a secure route into a remote area.”

Cumberland House Mayor Kelvin McKay said Cumberland House Council is grateful to the government for its commitment and for, “how Highway 123 has been holding up this spring.”

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