Jackie Fitzsimmons says that the Heaven's Flowered Highway initiative that she spear-headed enjoyed "extra-ordinary" support.
People were encouraged to place crosses and flowers in the ditches alongside Highways 39 and 6 in the days leading up to August 25. They were in memory of those who have perished in accidents on those highways.
Fitzsimmons travelled from her home in Bienfait to Regina on the 25th to take photos and capture videos of the flowers and crosses.
The footage will be sent to the provincial government as part of the effort to twin Highways 39 and 6 from North Portal to Regina.
Fitzsimmons said there were about 80 memorials in the 210-kilometre stretch of road.
"Some of the sites had the names and the ages (of the victims)," said Fitzsimmons. "The ones with the names of the sons and the daughters in the younger generation, those always hit a little bit harder when you have the younger kids."
There was a tribute to a 2 1/2-year-old boy, and a few memorials for teenagers.
"Every one of them just hits so hard," said Fitzsimmons. "There were a lot of tears driving that road."
Many of the memorials were located between Regina and Milestone. There was also a lot in the Midale and Macoun areas. They saw one at least every 15 to 25 kilometres, she said.
Support for Heaven's Flowered Highway extended beyond the flowers and the crosses. A Facebook event page that Fitzsimmons created in July wound up with more than 5,000 people saying they would go; they didn't have to place a tribute; supporters just had to say they back Fitzsimmons' cause.
"I never thought it would get this big, but there have been so many lives that have been affected because of accidents or deaths on the highway," said Fitzsimmons.
Many people have told her that they now drive Highways 47 and 33 to get to Regina, because they want to avoid Highways 39 and 6.
Fitzsimmons said Heavens Flowered Highway succeeded in informing both politicians and the public about the need for twinning.
"(Premier Brad Wall) stated on the news that we've got their attention, so that is a very good thing," said Fitzsimmons. "Just like so many things, everything heats up and then it settles down a little bit, so I'm thinking that they're probably thinking 'We'll give it a little bit of time, and we'll leave it alone' … but we're going to continue to pester them that we need this highway twinned."
She expects that she will meet with the Time to Twin Highways 39 and 6 Committee, and she looks forward to helping them out as much as possible. She has also been approached by other members of the public who have offered ideas on future steps to promote her cause and lobby the government.
She has also created a new Heaven's Flowered Highway Facebook page now that the initial event is finished.