Construction of Estevan’s new truck route continues to inch its way towards completion.
According to Mayor Roy Ludwig, Johnston Brothers is currently working on the grading component of the project, and they should be finished soon. The tender for the asphalt is expected to be awarded in the next couple months, he said.
But it’s uncertain whether the process of paving will start this year, or if it will have to wait until 2015.
“They hope to be finished, if everything goes well, by the fall of 2015,” said Ludwig.
Land acquisition problems had delayed the project in 2012 and 2013, but expropriation happened last year, and there were only a couple of lingering land issues.
As for the project's interchanges, there will be more information available at an open house later in the spring, Ludwig said. Since the truck route was first proposed nearly a decade ago, there has been a lot of debate about the east and west access points from Highway 39, as well as the junction between the truck route and Highway 47 north of the city.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will also be seeking input from citizens at the open house, Ludwig said.
Ludwig is encouraged that the grading work and the base work are underway, and he is relieved that the project is starting to come together. The mayor is looking forward to the day when much of Estevan's heavy truck traffic will be rerouted around the city.