The Government of Saskatchewan is making an additional $3 million in capital funding available to improve conditions on highways in Saskatchewan’s smaller cities. The additional funding will boost capital dollars in the Urban Highway Connector Program (UHCP) to $10 million over two years.
UHCP was created in 2008 to provide stable funding and service levels on highways within city limits that connect to the provincial networks. The program provides financial assistance to urban municipalities for the maintenance, operation and rehabilitation of these roadways.
UHCP funded significant rehabilitation projects in Regina, Estevan, and Yorkton in the 2020-21 budget year, along with lighting upgrades in Lloydminster and starting a regional planning project in the Swift Current area. Rehabilitation projects in Prince Albert, Estevan, Meadow Lake, Lloydminster, Humboldt, North Battleford, Moose Jaw and Yorkton have been identified as priorities in the UHCP’s multi-year plan.
In other news, the Government of Saskatchewan has completed $40 million in highway safety improvements all over the province since 2019. This marks year two of a five-year $100 million strategy to improve safety at intersections and highways in Saskatchewan.
“These investments mean a lot to our members,” Saskatchewan Trucking Association Executive Director Susan Ewart said. “Improved intersections and highways contribute to an overall climate of road safety in Saskatchewan.”