The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways is announcing that the Pilot Butte Overpass will open a full year early, in the fall of 2018.
The goal was originally for that overpass to open in the fall of 2019 because of extensive underground utilities, but crews have sorted those out ahead of schedule.
The intersection on Highway 1 is known to be the scene of many deadly crashes over the past several years. People living in the nearby communities held rallies with the theme #dyingwaiting last summer calling for traffic lights in the interim.
Other overpasses at Balgonie, White City and Tower Road are expected to open in October 2017.