Six new roadside cameras have been installed to enhance the road information provided by the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline.
"We take pride in providing timely road information to travellers, and these new tools will help motorists with their route planning," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. "The Highway Hotline receives millions of web visits and phone calls annually and we're building on the service we currently provide."
Installation and activation of the new road cameras was done over the past several months and have been timed to coincide with major construction projects. The new camera locations are: Highway 1 at Moose Jaw; Highway 2 near the new St. Louis Bridge; two locations on Highway 10 (at the Avonhurst Grid and near Balgonie); Highway 11 near Macdowall; and Highway 16 near the Borden Bridge.
The new cameras will supplement a host of other planned improvements including a new alert icon notifying motorists of accidents, spills and other events that may impede travel, as well as an alert ribbon that will soon be available to display weather warnings, amber alerts and other important notifications.
"We are listening to the public, and they have indicated they would like to see more cameras available," Heppner said. "The upgrades being made to the Hotline will complement other additions in recent years such as the use of social media and the Trucker's Report."
For the Highway Hotline's latest available Saskatchewan road conditions, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotlineto check map and text reports or dial 306-787-7623 in the Regina area, 306-933-8333 in the Saskatoon area or 1-888-335-7623 toll-free across Canada for recorded reports. For road closures and travel not recommended alerts on Twitter, check out the Highway Hotline account @SKGovHwyHotline. For general tips, visit the Highway Hotline on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SaskatchewanHighwayHotline.
The information for the Highway Hotline is compiled from observations made by ministry staff. Information is provided 24 hours a day. Service may be subject to rapidly changing weather, flooding, forest fires or other events. Motorists need to be alert to these possible changes and operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner based on the road conditions before them.