When the daylight hours become longer and warmer weather rolls in, construction equipment rolls out onto Saskatchewan highways. The Government of Saskatchewan is reminding travellers to keep an eye out for highway construction zones across the province, including locally in the Weyburn area.

Some major construction projects will continue or be completed to improve safety and traffic flow, including beginning construction of twinning projects near Rowatt and Corinne on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Weyburn.

"The Ministry of Highways has crews working all over the province making improvements to our transportation network," Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. "Let's keep them safe, so everyone gets home safe at night. We have lots of work going on and these slowdowns are only temporary."

"Provincial road builders employ close to 30,000 workers, making our industry one of the largest employers in the province and they are working to build Saskatchewan," Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association President Shantel Lipp said. "We want to remind drivers to be patient and drive with caution while our builders go to work on the roads this season. This will help ensure their safety as well as yours."

There are plans to improve another 1,000 kilometres (km) of highways, for a total of more than 4,600 km of highways improved over the last four years. Improvements this year include 230 km of repaving, 300 km of medium treatments, like micro surfacing, 340 km of pavement sealing, 115 km of Thin Membrane Surface (TMS) and rural highway upgrades, and 35 km of gravel rehabilitation.

Highways will also invest $62.8 million to repair or rebuild 14 bridges and replace more than 100 culverts across the province. Significant bridge projects include rehabilitating the Highway 6 bridge over Regina's Ring Road for traffic heading north into the city.

A weekly highway construction update is published on Saskatchewan.ca to provide drivers with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.

If you're planning to travel, stay up-to-date with the Road Reports and Cancellations page HERE on Discover Weyburn.