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6 new Sask. highway cameras launched

Drivers in Saskatchewan will have six more ways to check out highway conditions before heading out on the road.

Six new roadside cameras can now be viewed on the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline website. The additions were first announced in November 2013 and were finally up and running by Wednesday morning.

Local group happy with first step to twin Hwy 39

The wheels are finally in motion to twin Highway 39 in Saskatchewan's south east.

On Tuesday, the province announced pre-design work has started on an eight kilometre stretch between Estevan and Bienfait. It's the first step towards actually twinning the first portion of Highway 39 - something some drivers in the area have been demanding for years.

Marge Young is part of the ‘Time to Twin’ group which has been lobbying for Highways 6 and 39 to be twinned for several years. She says this is a great step forward for the government.

United Airlines cutting routes out of Saskatoon and Regina

United Airlines is clipping the wings of its daily direct flights from Saskatoon to Chicago effective October 1 and from Regina to Chicago effective October 25.

The airline said in a statement the flights "didn't meet our expectations" and passengers currently booked to fly those routes later this fall will be contacted to re-book or given a refund.

Stephen Maybury, president and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, said the news came as a surprise because that flight was constantly busy.

More than 4,000 speeding tickets handed out in Sask. in July

SGI is reminding drivers to ease up on the gas pedal after more than 4,000 speeding tickets were handed out last month in a province-wide traffic blitz.

Speeding-related offences included:

Highway 16 north of Saskatoon could see traffic lights

There could be some big traffic changes coming to Highway 16 just north of Saskatoon.

The City of Saskatoon and the province are finalizing a deal which would see the city take over the stretch of Highway 16 from 60th Street to 71st Street according Angela Gardiner, director of transportation with the City of Saskatoon.

Upgrades announced for Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

It seems people in Saskatchewan want to stay plugged in when they go camping.
The province announced $850,000 in funding for upgrades to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park on Tuesday morning. This includes a new, full-service campground with 25 sites.
"I think that's modern-day camping now," said Amy Dodd, who was visiting the park for the day. "Because everybody has these nice trailers, and you still need lights and water and all those facilities."
She's happy to see the additional spots as well.

UPDATE: Semi in ditch forces detour near Balgonie

A section of Highway 10 is back open near Balgonie after having been blockedby a semi that lost control while turning onto the road.

The semi was hauling gravel crushing equipment when it ended up in the ditch some time Tuesday morning. A tow truck was on the scene by early afternoon. RCMP tweeted that the road was back open shortly before 3 p.m.

The truck blocked all three lanes of traffic. A 6.4 kilometre detour had to be set up for traffic heading to Regina.

Regina airport: pointing lasers at planes is no joke

After two separate incidents on Sunday, the Regina Police Service and the Regina Airport Authority are reminding the public that it is illegal to point lasers at airplanes.

Airport authority CEO Jim Hunter says pilots for a United Airlines flight landing around 11:25 p.m. first reported laser beams shining into the cockpit.

“The pilots were uninjured and there were no consequences, but these are potentially catastrophic actions on the part of these folks,” Hunter said. 

Improvements underway for roads by Saskatoon's airport

An expanding airport means expanding roadways nearby.
The Saskatoon Airport Authority along with the City of Saskatoon have dedicated $2.25 million to improve intersections and widen Airport Drive and 45th Street West.
"This intersection was getting congested. It's been long overdue in my opinion," board chair of Saskatoon Airport Authority Ben Robb said.

Saskatoon's airport continues to break records

It seems the Saskatoon International Airport is expanding in more ways than one.
Maxine Montgomery with the Saskatoon Airport Authority said it's the third fastest growing airport in the country.
"In the last decade our traffic has increased over 82 per cent," she said. "The last time we saw something that wasn't ahead of the last year was in 2011 and that was one month where we dipped below."
She said it's a combination of a strong economy in the province and adventurous young adults.

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