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Mom of injured flag person speaks out as construction season launches

Watch above: A fatal collision in a construction zone, that claimed the lives of three teens, has prompted the Government of Saskatchewan to consider additional safety measures in work zones. Wendy Winiewski reports. 

SASKATOON – It has been a long week for Cynde Fetherston. On Sunday, May 3, her son was critically injured while flagging traffic in a work zone on Highway 6 near Spalding, Sask.

A semi rear-ended a car which then collided with a truck that smashed into her son, Sam Fetherson, 21.

“He’s going to likely be moved out of ICU this afternoon,” said Fetherston Friday morning.

Three teenage boys from Carrot River were killed in the collision.

READ MORE: Three teens dead in multi-vehicle crash at Sask. construction zone

Fetherston considers herself and her son Sam, lucky.

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“Everyone, slow down. Don’t drive tired,” she warns.

“There’s too many lives at stake. It ruins too many lives, theirs included.”

The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been laid.

Fetherston’s message comes as the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure kicks off its summer construction season. In light of the tragedy, work zone changes are pending, according to minister Nancy Heppner.

“I actually had a conversation with the father of one of the boys that was killed in that accident. He had a suggestion about a better use of rumble strips or speed bumps in the work zone,” said Heppner, emphasizing the change will be made as soon as possible.

More than 500 signs will be posted in various work zones throughout the province in what will be the biggest construction season ever, with a record $842-million budget.

Ministry of highways and infrastructure 2015-16 planned construction projects include:

  • Hwy. 1 Regina Bypass
  • Hwy. 1 Paving, Hwy 1 to Dewdney Ave
  • Hwy. 1 Weigh Scale Upgrades, Swift Current
  • Hwy. 2 St. Louis Bridge Tie In
  • Hwy. 2 Grade & Pave various flood Sections
  • Hwy. 2 Paving, South of St. Louis to North of St. Louis
  • Hwy. 2 Weigh Scale Upgrades, Moose Jaw
  • Hwy. 4 Grade Raise, South of Biggar
  • Hwy. 6 Landslide Repair, South of Southey
  • Hwy. 6 Grade Raise, Quill Lake
  • Hwy. 7 Twinning, West of Saskatoon to Delisle
  • Hwy. 7 Grade & Pave, Passing Lanes, Delisle to Rosetown
  • Hwy. 11 Warman and Martensville Interchanges
  • Hwy. 15 Grade Raise, East of Kenaston
  • Hwy. 15 Grading, West of Jct. Hwy. 2
  • Hwy. 16 Twinning, East of Saskatoon to East of Clavet
  • Hwy. 16 Grade & Pave, Hwy. 16 and 71st St. in Saskatoon
  • Hwy. 16 Grading, Birch Creek East of Wynyard
  • Hwy. 18 Paving, Gladmar Access
  • Hwy. 22 Grade & Pave, Earl Grey to Southey
  • Hwy. 22 Paving, Pearl Creek
  • Hwy. 26 Grade & Pave, Jct. Hwy. 55 to Jct. Hwy. 954
  • Hwy. 27 Paving, Jct Hwy 2 to Vonda
  • Hwy. 31 Grade & Pave, Agreement with RM’s of Winslow & Oakdale
  • Hwy. 35 Paving, US Border to Oungre
  • Hwy. 39 Twinning, East of Estevan to Bienfait
  • Hwy. 39 Paving, Estevan Truck Bypass
  • Hwy. 42 Grade & Pave, Keeler to Eyebrow
  • Hwy. 43 Grade & Pave, Jct. Hwy. 2 to Gravelbourg
  • Hwy. 47 Supergrid, North of Stoughton
  • Hwy. 51 Grade & Pave, West of Kerrobert to Major
  • Hwy. 55 Paving, East to West of Red Earth Access
  • Hwy. 55 Grade and Pave, Peerless to South and North of Jct. Hwy. 55
  • Hwy. 56 Paving, Fort Qu’Appelle to Pasqua Lake
  • Hwy. 58 Grade & Pave, Jct. Hwy. 13 at Lafleche to Jct. Hwy. 43 at Gravelbourg
  • Hwy. 212 Paving, Duck Lake to West Boundary of Beardy Reserve
  • Hwy. 219 Grade & Pave, Jct. Hwy. 44 to Jct. Hwy. 15
  • Hwy. 225 Grade & Pave, North of Jct. Hwy. 312
  • Hwy. 263 Grade & Pave, Christopher Lake to 13.3 km West
  • Hwy. 302 Grade & Pave, Weldon Ferry Access
  • Hwy. 305 Grade & Pave, Jct. Hwy. 12 to East of Dalmeny
  • Hwy. 305 Grade & Pave, Jct. Hwy. 11 to Jct. Hwy. 12
  • Hwy. 310 Paving, between Balcarres and Ituna
  • Hwy. 342 Grade & Pave, Agreement with RM of Victory
  • Hwy. 905 Stony Rapids Airport
  • Hwy. 1 Repaving, West of Broadview to Wolseley
  • Hwy. 1 Repaving, West of Jct. Hwy. 35 to 0.78 km East of McLean
  • Hwy. 1 Repaving, West of Jct. Hwy. 6
  • Hwy. 1 Repaving, East of Kalium Road to Jct. Hwy. 301
  • Hwy. 1 Repaving, East of Urban Limit at Swift Current to Jct. Hwy. 1 & 32
  • Hwy. 2 Repaving, North Urban Limit Prince Albert to 1.34 km North of Single lane
  • Hwy. 2 Repaving, South of Jct. Hwy 355
  • Hwy. 3 Repaving, 6.45 km West of Crutwell Access to NE Urban Limit Shellbrook
  • Hwy. 3 Repaving, Jct. Hwy. 26 in St. Walburg to 7.14 km West
  • Hwy. 3 Repaving, Deer Creek Bridge East abutment to 14 km West
  • Hwy. 6 Repaving, North of Jct. Hwy 13 to 55.60 km North
  • Hwy. 6 Repaving, 10.96 km South of Melfort
  • Hwy. 7 Repaving, West of Saskatoon to Vanscoy
  • Hwy. 7 Repaving, Near Zealandia
  • Hwy. 9 Repaving, Dubuc To Bangor
  • Hwy. 9 Repaving, Dubuc Access and Stub Connector
  • Hwy. 9 Repaving, Bangor to Jct. Hwy. 15
  • Hwy. 11 Repaving, North of Girvin to Shell Gas Station in Davidson
  • Hwy. 11 Repaving, South of Bladworth to 5 km North of Bladworth
  • Hwy. 11 Repaving, South of Dundurn
  • Hwy. 11 Repaving, 11 km South of Hanley to North of Hanley
  • Hwy. 11 Repaving, South of MacDowall to 2 km South of Jct. Hwy. 2
  • Hwy. 14 Repaving, 11 km South of Wilkie to Wilkie
  • Hwy. 16 Repaving, West of Langham (eastbound lanes)
  • Hwy. 16 Repaving, West of North Battleford and West of Delmas
  • Hwy. 18 Repaving, Manitoba border to Carievale
  • Hwy. 21 Repaving, Jct. Hwy. 51 at Kerrobert to 1.13 km North
  • Hwy. 33 Repaving, East of Kronau
  • Hwy. 41 Repaving, 0.19 km North of Jct. Hwy. 27 to 14.09 km North of Jct. Hwy. 27
  • Hwy. 55 Repaving, West of Big River
  • Hwy. 80 Repaving, K1 Mine Access Road
  • Hwy. 155 Repaving, Buffalo Narrows Airport runway
  • Hwy. 2 Bridge Replacement over Hay Meadow Creek
  • Hwy. 3 Bridge Replacement over Little Armit River
  • Hwy. 3 Culvert Replacing Bridge over Miners Creek
  • Hwy. 3 Culvert Replacing Bridge East of Birch Hills
  • Hwy. 3 Culvert Replacing Bridge over Warner River
  • Hwy. 4 Bridge Replacement North of Meadow Lake over unnamed stream
  • Hwy. 9 Bridge Replacement over Bainbridge River
  • Hwy. 10 Bridge Rehabilitation, CNR
  • Hwy. 11 Bridge Rehabilitation, over CNR Northbound
  • Hwy. 12 Bridge Replacement over Padding Creek
  • Hwy. 13 Bridge Replacement West of Lafleche over Wood River
  • Hwy. 13 Bridge Replacement West of Churchton over unnamed stream
  • Hwy. 16 Bridge Replacement over Milligan Creek
  • Hwy. 16 Bridge Replacement East of Lanigan over Lanigan Creek
  • Hwy. 16 Bridge Rehabilitation over Highway 11
  • Hwy. 16 Bridge Rehabilitation over Hwy. 4 near Battleford
  • Hwy. 17 Bridge Rehabilitation West of Marsden over Battle River
  • Hwy. 18 Culvert Replacing Bridge South of Wood Mountain over unnamed stream
  • Hwy. 18 Culvert Replacing Bridge West of Frontier over unnamed Stream
  • Hwy. 22 Culvert Replacing Bridge, Deerhorn Creek
  • Hwy. 22 Culvert Replacing Bridge
  • Hwy. 23 Bridge Replacement, Red Deer River
  • Hwy. 23 Bridge Rehabilitation over Carrot River
  • Hwy. 24 Culvert Replacing Bridge over Barnes Creek
  • Hwy. 55 Culvert Replacing Bridge East of Nipawin over Unnamed Ditch
  • Hwy. 55 Bridge Rehabilitation, Beaver River
  • Hwy. 58 Culvert Replacing Bridge South of Lafleche
  • Hwy. 123 Bridge Replacement over Tobin Creek C&D
  • Hwy. 165 Bridge Replacement North of Jct. Hwy. 106 over Yaholnitsky Creek
  • Hwy. 165 Bridge Replacement near Beauval over McLurg Creek
  • Hwy. 167 Culvert Replacing Bridge, Mosher Creek
  • Hwy. 167 Culvert Replacing Bridge, Loon Creek
  • Hwy. 240 Culvert Replacing Bridge over Vant Creek
  • Hwy. 357 Culvert Replacing Bridge over Stony Creek
  • Hwy. 914 Bridge Replacement North of Beauval over Massinhagin
  • Hwy. 918 Bridge Replacement North of Beauval over Pine River
  • Hwy. 924 Culvert Replacing Bridge over Elis Creek
  • Hwy. 980 Bridge Replacement over unnamed Creek

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