LUMSDEN, SASK. – As the long weekend approaches, officials in Saskatchewan are urging travellers to obey speed limits in work zones.
“This has been an excellent construction season due to warm and sunny weather,” said Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw in a statement. “With the Labour Day weekend approaching, we know many folks will be squeezing in as many kilometres as possible on Saskatchewan’s roads. We ask that they remember to slow down, take their time and stay safe in the Orange Zone.”
Major projects still under construction in the province include a $1.7 million rehabilitation of the two northbound bridges on Highway 11 near Lumsden.
Crews have completed one lane on each bridge, with concrete pouring of the second lanes anticipated later this week if weather permits.
Officials noted drivers will see minimal disruptions, with flagpeople controlling traffic as trucks manoeuvre into the open lane. Traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane over each bridge, with speeds reduced to 80 km/h before entering the valley and restricted to 60 km/h through the construction site.
Speed fines remain tripled, so motorists are advised to take extra caution. Oversized loads will be accommodated, provided the Highways Hotline is given 24 hours’ notice.