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Sask. highways minister agrees Highways 220, 322 terrible

Saskatchewan's highways minister, Nancy Heppner, took a drive down highways 220 and 322 to Rowan's Ravine -- and she agrees they're pretty bad.
 
People who live in the area and drive there regularly say the pavement has crumbled to the point where it's impassible. The highways have been closed to all but local traffic.

Broken pavement and cars: drivers rant about Highways 220, 322

The people who drive on Highway 220 and Highway 322 to Rowan's Ravine say the broken pavement is wrecking their vehicles and scaring tourists away from the provincial park.

This week the highways were closed to all but local traffic due to what the Ministry of Highways refers to as "severe surface breaks".

Justin Uhl drives a septic truck down both highways for work every day. He describes the pavement conditions as "undrivable".

PHOTOS: Snow blankets Saskatchewan

The snow is slowly tapering off after causing a rough commute on Saskatchewan highways Tuesday morning.

A few centimetres of snow fell throughout the morning. More could return Tuesday evening in the Regina area.
 
If you have to travel, be aware that most highways are icy with drifting and loose snow.

You can check Highway Hotline before your trip to see the latest conditions. 

The rest of the week is forecast to be sunny with a high of 10 C in Saskatoon and 9 C in Regina.

PHOTOS: Highways to Rowan's Ravine closed due to 'severe surface breaks'

Highways 322 and 220 to Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park are closed to all but local traffic.

According to the Highway Hotline, it's due to "severe surface breaks". There's no word when it will be re-open.

Ashlie Peakman posted this photo of Highway 220 to the Government of Saskatchewan Facebook page on Saturday. It's been shared more than 300 times since then.

Sask. students' Kenya service trip canceled due to ongoing violence

In the wake of the terrorist shooting at a college in northeast Kenya that left 147 people dead, a group of Saskatchewan students have canceled their service learning trip to the country which was two years in the making.

Blowing snow deteriorates Regina roads Thursday morning

Icy roads made for treacherous drives around Regina Thursday morning as a disturbance moved through the Queen City.

CJME weather specialist John Wilson said a stiff north wind combined and a few centimetres of snow resulted in blowing snow Thursday morning. He explained it's from the back end of a system making its way through the province.

The blowing snow and precipitation left a lot of ice for commuters to deal with both in Regina and on surrounding highways.

Intentional crash doesn't deter Regina passengers from flying

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps is said to have been taken down intentionally.

A French prosecutor said one of the two pilots barricaded himself in the cockpit and flew the Airbus A320 flight 9525 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board as it travelled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

Saskatoon woman sentenced for airport mischief

A woman who charged through a security checkpoint at the Saskatoon airport without a boarding pass and demanded to be put on a plane has been sentenced for mischief.
 
Tammy Rae Chrusch, 32, was given one year of probation and has to pay a $100 surcharge for the incident that happened on Nov. 23, 2014 at Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker Airport.
 

Traffic adjustments coming during bridge repair

The timing of traffic lights will be adjusted throughout Saskatoon before work starts on the University Bridge this summer.

A report headed to city council on Monday suggests changes to over 20 intersections throughout the city, such as longer green lights or more frequently using a turning light.

University of Regina students say yes to U-Pass

Students at the University of Regina have said yes to having a universal bus pass.

Voting started on Monday on a referendum to see if students would prefer to have a $70 to $90 bus pass added to their tuition each semester.

When voting ended on Thursday, 1,520 students voted yes to having the U-Pass, with 1,278 saying no.

Students who live outside of Regina, or who live within one kilometre of the campus, would be able to opt out from the program.

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