The provincial and federal governments announced earlier this week they will be combining to spend around $82 million on Saskatchewan highways in the next couple of years

The one project in the southwest will be redoing a nine-kilometre stretch on the Trans-Canada Highway by Tompkins.

Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley said the work will be done on the westbound lanes, west of the village.

"Obviously in this section of number one highway west of Tompkins, it was felt that this was a needed project, therefore, it qualified for funding," he said.

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, the work is scheduled to be done in the upcoming construction season and the cost of the project is unknown at this time as the work hasn't been tendered yet.

The $40.2 million from the federal government and $41.5 million from the provincial government will fund the improvement of 15 different stretches of highway in the province, covering 259 kilometres.

"There are highways all across the province that require some maintenance," Hindley said. "There is a section of Highway 4, not in our area, but closer to Battleford and Cochin that's being done. As part of the projects that were announced earlier this week, there were a number of highways some up and around Prince Albert and Saskatoon, some near Bethune and Regina. It was nice to see a portion of highway, the number one highway west of Swift Current, in and around the Tompkins area, is receiving some funding as part of this particular announcement."

All of the highway improvement projects announced on Monday are expected to be complete by the end of the 2021 construction season.

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