More than 445 kilometres of seal coating is planned across Saskatchewan this summer. During the seal coating process, hot liquid asphalt is sprayed on the road before crushed gravel is spread over the asphalt and packed down.
“Seal coating is a cost-effective treatment that provides a waterproof surface, which in turn prolongs pavement life,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during the busy construction season and remind travellers to please pay attention in work zones, obey the signage and slow down.”
Seal coats require about 24 hours to cure, resulting in speed reductions even while workers are not present. These speed reductions allow the seal coat to cure properly, while also saving travellers windshields from damage.
Some of the seal coating work this week includes:
- Highway 16 near Wynyard; and
- Highway 55 near Prince Albert.
Seal coating is also scheduled for later this construction season at a variety of locations including:
- Highway 1 near Wolseley, Indian Head, Qu’Appelle, Mortlach, Parkbeg, Chaplin and Waldeck;
- Highway 2 near Prince Albert;
- Highway 7 near Alsask;
- Highway 10 near Fort Qu’Appelle;
- Highway 11 near Lumsden, Chamberlain, Davidson and Duck Lake;
- Highway 16 near Wynyard and Maidstone; and
- Highway 39 near Lang and Midale.
There are many reasons work zones have temporary speed reductions left in place even when workers are not present. Sharp pavement drops, lane closures or loose gravel are examples of hazards that warrant a slower posted speed.
If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities. Information is also available by calling 511.
A weekly highway construction update is also published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel. You can also report a highway work zone signing problem by calling 306-244-5535.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $8.4 billion in highways and infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 13,000 kilometres of provincial highways.