Warren Kaeding MLA October Report from the Legislature

Oct 31, 2017

Regina Bypass facts and figures:

The Regina Bypass is the largest transportation project in Saskatchewan history. Once complete, it will allow motorists to safely commute to their destinations on Highway 1 east of Regina and will reduce congestion in and around Regina.

The construction phase of the project for Regina Bypass will last until 2019 but the contact with the Government of Saskatchewan also calls for 30 years of road maintenance. This effectively gives the public-sector authority a 30-year warranty, with no deferred maintenance at the end of the 30 years.

Since the 90's, traffic congestion along Victoria Avenue and Highway 1 East has been a major safety concern. The at grade intersections are not adapted to the growing commuter traffic between Balgonie and Regina.

Traffic volumes on existing roads in vicinity where the Bypass will be built range from about 11,500 to 25,000 vehicles per day.

The new overpasses and bypass route will drastically improve traffic safety and efficiency as well as maximize the strategic advantage of GTH's location.

The Regina Bypass includes:

  • 12 overpasses
  • 40 km of new four-lane highway
  • 20 km of resurfaced four-lane highway
  • 55 km of new paved service roads
  • 2 new all movement intersections
  • 2 bridges crossing Wascana Creek
  • Twinning of approximately five km of Highway 6 

REGINA BYPASS CONSTRUCTION FACTS

Since early works began last year and financial close was realized on August 5, 2015, Regina Bypass has:

  • Relocated 230 of 325 utility lines
  • Crushed 900,000 tonnes of gravel
  • Built up 3.3 million cubic metres of earth
  • Used close to 800,000 total man-hours on the project
  • Employed 97 Saskatchewan companies (71% of total companies involved) 

The total cost of the Regina Bypass is $1.8 billion, which includes 30 years of maintenance

For more information on the Regina Bypass visit reginabypass.ca. or follow on twitter @reginabypass