Highway construction has become a part of the weekly commute for local drivers, leading to safety reminders from the Government of Saskatchewan and Highways Minister Lori Carr. Multiple west-central highways have some sort of construction slowing down traffic, such as the lengthy lane-widening project inside Kindersley town limits.

Slowing to 60 km/h is ultimately the best way to avoid any collisions, along with always being alert and ready at the wheel. Meant to keep workers safe, work zones rely on drivers to "slow down, obey flaggers, follow signs and remain alert to road conditions."

Speed reductions can be active even when workers aren't present. This is meant for the safety of a driver so they can avoid any hazards on site like sharp pavement drop-offs, lanes being closed, and even loose gravel.

The government also has a new slogan to help drive these points home.

"To help keep work zones top of mind, a new safety ad will soon debut with the slogan, 'Steer Them to Safety.' The ad encourages all motorists to slow down in work zones and for seasoned drivers to instill that important safety habit in younger drivers."

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If the amount of roadwork seems high, it's because Saskatchewan is currently in the midst of improving more than 1,100 km of provincial roads with their overall budget of $741 million.

Check out the Highway Hotline for continued construction updates. See what roadwork is planned for the region this year in the related articles below.