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Funding announced for Highway 39

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Highway 39 will receive more than $9 million in upgrades, according to an announcement on Friday from the provincial and federal governments.

According to a press release, the national highway has been identified as a priority to receive funding under the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component (BCF-MIC).

The highways will be resurfaced from northwest of Estevan to northwest of Macoun, and four intersections will be improved, thanks to an investment of about $9.2 million. The federal government will contribute up to $4.4 million of that amount.

"Highway 39 is essential to the economic vitality of Estevan and is also an important north-south trade route to the United States," said Souris Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki.

"Our government is proud to invest in this initiative which will improve travel and safety for users of this portion of Highway 39. Our infrastructure investments strengthen communities and are an important driver of economic growth and job creation here in Saskatchewan and across Canada."

"We are happy to work with the Government of Canada on this important repaving project," said Estevan MLA Doreen Eagles. "Highway 39 provides a vital trade and tourism route to the United States, and the improved stretch between Estevan and Macoun will benefit shippers, tourists and area residents alike."

The provincial government had revealed in late December of 2013 that resurfacing of Highway 39 from Estevan to Macoun was slated to happen in 2014.

Also, Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig stated last year that government funding was coming for improvements to two intersections involving 39: the intersection with Sister Roddy Road on the western edge of the city; and Sawyer Safety Road on the eastern outskirts of the city.

Federal financial support is conditional on the timely negotiation of a contribution agreement between the province of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada.

Highway 39 connects to Saskatchewan's busiest border crossing, and the area set for repaving carries approximately 3,880 vehicles per day. Highway 39 is a north-south trade route and tourist corridor to the U.S. through North Portal.

There weren't any further announcements on the twinning of Highways 39 and 6 from Estevan to Regina in Friday's announcements.


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