Most of the highways in southeast Saskatchewan that were closed due to the flooding in late June have reopened.
One of the highest-traffic areas closed due to flooding, Highway 13 between Carlyle and Redvers, reopened on July 12. It had been shut down for about a week-and-a-half.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure's Highways Hotline reports that the portion of Highway 13 now has “good summer driving.”
Joel Cherry from the ministry said the highway had to be closed because there was water over the road between Carlyle and Redvers. It couldn't open again until ministry employees were certain that it was safe for travel.
“Traffic there can travel normally, except for a bridge over the Antler River on Highway 13, which is just to the east of Redvers,” said Joel Cherry with the Ministry of Highways.
The bridge has been restored and is back in service, but it hasn't been paved yet, so it is a bit rough, he said. Motorists will see a sign advising them to slow to 30 kilometres per hour, and to be prepared for a bumpy surfaced.
“We're going to work on a permanent solution there, but for now the road is reopened,” said Cherry.
Highway 318 between Carnduff and Highway 361 reopened on July 15, but vehicles are limited to 20 tonnes.
“Pretty much any sort of light traffic can get through there,” said Cherry.
A 20-tonne weight restriction is being enforced on Highway 18 between Gainsborough and the Manitoba border, where a temporary bridge is also in place. But that portion of highway is now open, too.
There is also a weight restriction of 20 tonnes, and a width restriction of 4.3 metres, on a temporary bridge for Highway 8 near Storthoaks, Cherry said. The ministry is working on permanent repairs that they hope to finish soon.
A total of six temporary bridges have been installed on highways in the southeast. Cherry said five are for washed-out bridges, and the other is for a culvert.
The only closed portion of highway is Highway 361 from Alida, to an area two kilometres west of the village. Cherry said the closure is due to the RM pumping water over the road.
Cherry noted that despite the challenges caused by flooding in the area, construction is ongoing on a supergrid project for Highway 361 between Alida and the junction with Highway 9.