“Warman and Martensville are Saskatchewan’s fastest growing communities,” David Marit, the Saskatchewan minister of highways and infrastructure, said in a statement.
“We believe the improved safety and efficiency the new overpasses provide will help this region continue to grow and thrive into the future.”
The Warman overpass on Highway 11 will be constructed to allow future expansion of the road network in the area.
The construction project will eliminate a left turn from Highway 11 onto Highway 305.
“We’re really happy to see this started,” said Warman Mayor Sheryl Spence.
“With concerns around the budget, you’re always worried there’s going to be some pull back, so to see the vehicles and the people here working, we’re very pleased,” Spence said.
Traffic restrictions outside Warman aren’t expected this summer, but changes could happen next construction season, according to project manager Andrew Schumacher.
“We’re looking at even improving things and dropping speed limits to make sure that we all can get to and from work safely while we’re building the project,” Schumacher said.
The Highway 12 overpass at Martensville will disperse traffic along Main Street and Centennial Drive.
Peter Kiewit Sons was the successful bidder to build the two overpasses.
Government officials said Kiewit, one of the largest contractors in the world and which has a Saskatoon office, had the greatest number of Saskatchewan partners among the companies that bid on the project.
Kiewit project Director Tim Rule said the company has a long history in the province and is looking forward to providing its Saskatchewan employees with the opportunity to contribute to the economy of the province.
The $60.3-million project is being financed by both the federal and provincial governments.
Up to one-half of the eligible costs are being covered by the Canadian government with the remainder coming from the Saskatchewan government.
Both overpasses are expected to be completed by fall 2019.
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