SASKATOON, Sask.--The last section of twinned lanes on the busy Highway 11 corridor between Saskatoon and Prince Albert have opened to traffic.
"The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in this important job-creating initiative to twin Highway 11," said Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback.
"This project will have long-lasting benefits for the communities and businesses along this heavily used highway, as well as for the Saskatchewan economy at large. These improvements will also help reduce collisions and will make driving safer for everyone in the region."
"Highway 11 is a vital link between Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina, which serves our province's resource-rich north, and supports significant mineral and timber resource development, manufacturing and tourism," said Prince Albert Carlton MLA Darryl Hickie. "The second set of lanes will provide for increased capacity, reduced logistics costs and improved access for local industries, while at the same time making for a much safer and more efficient drive for shippers, tourists and other motorists who use this busy highway."
Back in February of 2009, the federal and provincial governments announced that they would each contribute $62 million to twin the last 75-kilometre section of Highway 11 from north of Saskatoon to Prince Albert. Both the federal and provincial contributions have since been reduced to $49.5 million each to reflect savings in project costs.
Highway 11 carries as many as 20,000 vehicles per day on a stretch just south of the Corman Park Industrial access north of Saskatoon. The average overall traffic count for Highway 11 between its junction with Highway 2 south of Prince Albert and Saskatoon has increased an estimated 33 per cent over the past five years.
Other work on Highway 11 this construction season included the construction of 1.6 kilometres of newly twinned northbound lanes west of the junction of Highways 11 and 2 south of Prince Albert, which re-aligned the intersection for safety. This was opened to traffic in September.