Roads & Paving
Saskatchewan’s highway resurfacing initiative is underway
July 18, 2023 By Rock to Road Staff
SASKTOON, Sask. – Saskatchewan has pledged $25 million toward seal coating highways across the province, aiming to maximize the lifespan of around 1,000 kilometres of their road surfaces without the need to completely repave.
An additional $17 million has been budgeted for spot, partial, and full seal work to be completed later this year. These initiatives are being added to other capital projects for an overall investment of $776 million by the Saskatchewan government toward highway improvements over this year.
The resurfacing process has already begun, and involves the pouring of hot liquid asphalt on road surfaces before being topped with crushed gravel and packed down. After a 24-hour cure period, the result is a waterproof and nonskid surface that reduces deterioration and cracking, prolonging pavement life by roughly 10 years.
The initiative is part of the government’s long-term pledge to improve 10,000 kilometres of highway over the next decade.
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