When the shovels first hit the dirt in 2014, the goal was to have a stretch of highway 16 between Saskatoon and Clavet twinned by 2017.
But the weather has worked in their favour and it looks like construction crews will be putting the finishing touches on the project this month, a year ahead of schedule.
The 19.5 kilometre stretch of roadway has been twinned from east of Saskatoon to west of the Bradwell access road, shifting Highway 16 north of Clavet and a new CN railway crossing.
“It’s definitely nice to see. My boys, the oldest one got his license ten years ago. I was hoping it (the project) was done then,” said Blair Bentley, mayor of Clavet.
Off the top of his head, Bentley said he can think of at least three crashes that have happened near his community.
“Two at the intersection. One about a half mile west towards the city,” Bentley said. “It hasn’t eliminated anything yet, but perhaps now that the second lane has opened, hopefully that helps.”
The goal is to have traffic flowing on the twinned highway by the end of this month.
About 9,400 vehicles use the stretch daily, including about 900 trucks moving goods and accessing nearby canola facilities.