BALGONIE, SASK. — Residents of Balgonie, Sask. now have easier access to their city as the first overpass opened to traffic on the Regina Bypass, less than two years after construction started.
The design of the Balgonie overpass includes two roundabouts, which are designed to accommodate large vehicles such as agriculture equipment. According to the province, the roundabouts provide fewer stops, shorter delays, fewer spots where collisions are likely to occur and increased safety over standard intersections.
"The Regina Bypass will address safety concerns for the communities on Highway 1 East," Minister of Highways and Infrastructure David Marit said in a statement. "The opening of the overpass will alleviate congestion and provide a safer journey for drivers."
Opening the overpass to traffic will allow Regina Bypass Design Builders to complete the remaining construction around the overpass. In order to be able to carry out this work, the current intersection at Highways 1 and 46 will close.
"This overpass is important to the future of Balgonie because it will allow safer access to the community while increasing safety for people travelling on the highway," said Balgonie Mayor Frank Thauberger.
The first phase of the Regina Bypass construction between Balgonie and Highway 33 will be completed this fall, including overpasses at Balgonie, White City and Tower Road, explains a release.
The Pilot Butte overpass will be partially open to traffic in 2017 and fully operational in 2018. The remainder of the Regina Bypass will be completed in 2019.
According to the release, the Regina Bypass is the largest transportation infrastructure project in the province's history.