Minister Gets First-Hand Look At Northern Highways

Wednesday, October 08, 2008 at 15:07



Saskatchewan’s highways minister admits many northern roads aren’t just in poor condition — they’re almost impassable.


Wayne Elhard’s comments follow a tour of northern highways he’s undertaken over the last three days.


Elhard says he promised northern leaders he would see the road conditions first-hand — and says he has learned plenty from his trip.


Earlier this year, Elhard said an all-weather road in the Wollaston Lake area was the only project of a long-awaited all-weather road network in the Far North that his government could commit to at this stage.


He says it’s too soon to say if his recent trip to the region will change the province’s mind on that issue.


Elhard drove to La Loche along Highways 903, 905 and 155 on Sunday.


He then flew to Stony Rapids, and drove from their by truck over a bladed trail to Points North Landing on Monday.


After flying over the proposed Wollaston Lake all-weather road site, he travelled along Highways 102 and 2 on Tuesday, and got a first-hand look at access roads to Stanley Mission and Montreal Lake.