Construction is underway on First Avenue this summer, beginning with the intersection of First Avenue and Government Road. This is the start of a plan to repair and repave First Avenue. 

Municipal Engineer with the City of Weyburn, Renee Cugnet says they began by replacing the aged traffic signal lights, which needed to be done before new pavement could be laid. 

“This portion of work consists of new underground conduit and wiring, a new traffic controller, new concrete foundations for the poles, with new galvanized cantilever style poles with LED signal lights.” 

The new infrastructure is for more than just repairs, it will improve the flow of traffic and create more accessibility for pedestrian traffic.  

“These signal lights will also be equipped with a cross-traffic detection system to decrease wait times at red lights. As well, we have installed new concrete sidewalks and accessible pedestrian ramps at all four corners.”   

The work being done on First Avenue will continue throughout the summer. Once the work is finished on the intersection, the project will move forward into the repaving.  

“The next stage of this project is the repaving of First Avenue between Government Road and 9th Street. On July 8th, the repaving work will start at the Government Road intersection as well as some underground infrastructure repairs at the 2nd Street intersection in advance of the upcoming road construction.” 

While the roadwork is underway, those commuting in the area should be mindful of work being done and any resulting road closures. 

“While the Government Road intersection is being repaved, it's going to be a complete closure of both Highway 13 and Highway 35 coming through that intersection, so all highway traffic is going to be detoured via Highway 39, 16th Street and 5th Avenue North. This intersection is expected to be opened back up for highway traffic by the end of next week, but all highway traffic from the east will still be required to detour down 16th Street and Highway 39 for the entire duration of the project. The paving is expected to take about 60 days, weather dependent of course.” 

Cugnet reminds people driving near construction zones to slow down, exercise patience, and obey all signage.  

“It may mean leaving 10 to 15 minutes earlier than you usually would to get to your destination, but your patience and cooperation will ensure everyone's safety.” 

Updates will be posted here as they become available.