MINOT, N.D. — Highway officials in North Dakota and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan say a super two-lane highway might be the best way to facilitate traffic from Regina to Jamestown.
David Marit, minister of Highways and Infrastructure in Saskatchewan, told the Minot Daily News that the province is planning to build 16 to 18 sets of passing lanes on about 100 miles of Provincial 39, with potential completion by 2020.
The plan is to focus on passing lanes in a corridor that lies between Regina, on Provincial 6, and Estevan to the southeast, on Provincial 39, Marit said.
“We are going to alleviate a lot of pressures that we are having along that highway,” Marit said. “We know we are going to improve safety and improve traffic because I think, quite obviously, we have seen a huge economic growth. North Dakota has seen it, too.”
The construction is expected to start next year, with the bulk of the work planned for 2019, he said.
Thomas Sorel, director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, said similar plans are worth considering for U.S. Highway 52, which picks up where Provincial 39 leaves off.
“We have to really understand the growth that’s occurring in this quarter and we have to keep on top of it,” Sorel said. “As we move forward, we need to continue to monitor this.”
Sorel said the state has invested an estimated $85 million in Highway 52 since 2011 and more maintenance is planned.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com