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TRANSPORTATION WEEK PROCLAIMED IN SASKATCHEWAN

June 1, 2017

In recognition of the people working to keep Saskatchewan’s economy moving, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed June 4 to 10 Saskatchewan Transportation Week.

“Saskatchewan’s transportation industry connects our producers and manufacturers with consumers, which is vital to the success of our economy,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said.  “Whether helping move goods and products to market or building and maintaining infrastructure, this week is about recognizing the thousands of people who make it happen.”

“We appreciate the recognition that the government bestows upon those who work within the transportation and logistics industry year after year,” Saskatoon Transportation Club President George Eckel said.  “We’re also grateful for their continuing investment in infrastructure, which will greatly benefit the transportation industry and make transporting goods more efficient.”

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $1.1 billion in highway infrastructure this year, which will fund work on major projects and 990 km of provincial highways across the province.  This represents the second largest highways and infrastructure budget in Saskatchewan history, and the second year in a row that the budget exceeds $1 billion.

“Investing in priority areas like transportation infrastructure is a major part of our government’s plan to ensure the economy remains strong,” Marit said.

“We are pleased the government continues to invest in our province’s transportation infrastructure,” Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said.  “An efficient transportation network is the key foundation of a strong economy; nothing moves until the roads are built.  We are honoured to be recognized for our contributions in building and maintaining a safe transportation network for all motorists.”

A weekly construction update is published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update
 throughout the spring and summer months to provide the travelling public with the latest construction information.  Drivers can also check the Highway Hotline for road construction and restriction information at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.

Since 2008, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested $7.4 billion in transportation infrastructure, improving more than 12,000 km of Saskatchewan highways.

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For more information, contact:

Brandy Leippi
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8484
Email: brandy.leippi@gov.sk.ca

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