Overpasses on Highway 1, east of Swift Current, to be replaced

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Swift Current – The Government of Saskatchewan is beginning construction work on two overpasses on one of the province’s busiest highways, announcing on Jan. 25 that Regina-based Graham Construction will begin work on the $18 million project on Highway 1 over the CP Rail tracks about five kilometres east of Swift Current.

“This is a very significant investment for Swift Current and all of southwest Saskatchewan given the importance of the Highway 1 to our area,” Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors, and Rural and Remote Health Minister and Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley said on behalf of Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw in a press release. “Highway 1 is a key part of the transportation network that keeps our goods moving to other markets and helps our residents get where they need to go as quickly and safely as possible. This is a major project that will take several months to complete and I encourage everyone to drive carefully when going through the construction zone.”

The project will include the full replacement of the existing overpass structure on the eastbound lanes and the rehabilitation of the bridge supporting the westbound lanes. Graham will begin work on the westbound bridge today, with expected completion of that phase at the end of June. Work on the eastbound portion will then begin, with completion expected in the fall. The projected cost is $18 million.

The overpasses see approximately 6,000 vehicles each day, according to the Ministry of Highways. Because construction can only be carried out on one bridge at a time, drivers may experience minor delays. When one bridge is under construction, all traffic will cross over to the other. Wide loads will be detoured around the construction zone.

Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury