Drivers in west central Saskatchewan and surrounding communities will soon have a quicker commute along Highway 7. Progress is being made on the over $20 million construction project on Highway 7 in the Delisle area.
“Our community is looking forward to the completion of this project,” Delisle Mayor Dave Anderchek said. “It will be peace of mind for the people of Delisle who have to travel frequently to the City of Saskatoon.”
$11.7 million is going towards the paving of approximately 13 kilometres of newly constructed lanes east of Delisle to Vanscoy.
$9.5 million is being invested in grading 12 kilometres of highway around the community of Vanscoy.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to investments like twinning and passing lanes that will enhance safety, while increasing capacity and improving traffic flow,” Minister of Highways and Infrastructure David Marit said. “Highway 7 is a key trade route for shippers in the province.”
Nine kilometres of newly twinned road between Vanscoy and Saskatoon opened to traffic in October of 2016.
Traffic has almost doubled on Highway 7 in the past decade , going up by around 1,000 vehicles every day and ranging from 5,100 at Delisle to nearly 7,500 vehicles per day near Saskatoon.
Highway 7 also connects drivers to communities such as Kindersley and Rosetown.