Visitors to Duck Mountain Provincial Park northeast of Yorkton can now expect a smoother road trip thanks to $1 million of paving on Highway 57.
“It’s great to see this portion of Highway 57 back in shape for motorists following the flood damage it received last spring,” Finance Minister and Canora-Pelly MLA Ken Krawetz said on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris. “Thanks to this investment, travellers will continue to have a reliable route to visit Duck Mountain.”
In 2011, $256,000 was spent on necessary, temporary flood repairs including patching, sealing and culvert fixes and this summer’s paving project completes the total investment to more than $1.2 million. The 2012 phase began in mid-July and primarily involved paving various segments of Highway 57 stretching from the junction of Highway 5 to the park’s western border.
The work – which was about 4 km in total, was completed mid-August.
The Highway 57 project is part of the 2012-13 Highways and Infrastructure budget of $581.5 million. This is the first year in the province’s four-year commitment to invest $2.2 billion into the provincial transportation system.
Motorists are reminded to slow to 60 km/hr when passing workers and equipment in the Orange Zone. For more information about construction zones, visit: www.highways.gov.sk.ca/orangezone/.
Close to a quarter million visits were recorded at Duck Mountain Provincial Park in 2011. Saskatchewan residents and visitors from the province’s neighbours to the east, Manitoba, enjoy the beauty of the lakes, trails, golfing and campgrounds this outdoor recreational mecca offers.