Upgrades underway for area highways

A $25 million project to pave the newly-built twinned section of Highway 16 near Clavet is underway this summer.
According to the provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, the project is expected to be completed by 2017.
The paving work is being done on a section of Highway 16 from one kilometer west of the Bradwell access road to 1.7 kilometers west of the junction with Floral Road. When work on upgrading various auxiliary roads is taken into account, the total distance amounts to 30.9 kilometers.
Long-awaited improvements are also underway on Highway 27, northeast of Saskatoon.
A total of 13.2 kilometers of Highway 27 is being paved from the junction with Highway 2 to 0.2 kilometers east of the west Vonda access road.
The intersection of Highways 2 and 27 is also being repaved. This portion of the road is expected to be completed by mid-August. The total cost of this project is $7.1 million.
Another portion of Highway 27 near the junction with Highway 41 near Aberdeen is also being upgraded. This $7 million project involves grading Highway 27 from the junction with Highway 41 to 11.2 kilometers east of the junction. It also includes construction and paving of the intersection of Highway 41 and 27. This project is expected to be completed in July.
Motorists are urged to drive with caution in construction zones. Speed limits in work areas is 60 kilometers per hour. Motorists caught speeding in these areas face the prospect of triple fines.

Grassfire in RM of Aberdeen closes highway

A large grassfire in the RM of Aberdeen on Thursday, May 5 resulted in the closure of Highway 41 for a short time.
Saskatoon RCMP were called to the scene of a large grass fire approximately 10 kilometres south of Aberdeen in the late afternoon.
The fire resulted in smoke reducing visibility on the highway to zero. As a result, Saskatoon RCMP closed Highway 41 for 15 minutes until visibility improved. The highway was opened to traffic just before 6:00 p.m.