The Highway 39 project has been ongoing for quite some time now, and drivers are starting to get used to the idea of detours and construction zones.

"Motorist behaviour is always a factor on the road. We always caution them to stay alert, obey all traffic signs and drive safely," said Steve Shahee with the Ministry of Highways.

"Certainly in this area there is an adjustment period for motorists who travel the area frequently. There is signage in place which is clearly marked, and additional sign boards have been added in that location."

Other measures to increase safety along the route includes the recently installed temporary traffic lights at the Highway 18 and coal haul road intersection. Shaheen laid out some of the other changes implemented.

"The reconstruction of the subgrade is nearing completion on the existing lanes of Highway 39, and to accomodate this, traffic has been diverted onto the newly twinned lanes south of the intersection of Highway 18. Construction of the new service road utilizing the existing eastbound lanes of 39 is ongoing, and the existing divided section of 39 is now restricted to single lane traffic."

"The project is still on schedule to be completed and open to traffic by the end of October," he added.

Shaheen also provided a reminder to motorists to drive carefully over the long weekend, advising that you plan ahead and check the highway hotline for construction in your area.


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