Estevan MLA Lori Carr has a learning curve ahead of her as she accepts her new role of provincial Minister of Highways and Infrastructure. 

She replaces David Marit, who in turn steps into former Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart's shoes.

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"I'm truly honored that Premier Scott Moe has the confidence in me to be able to take on this role. Personally, I'd like to extend a great big thank you to the constituents in the Estevan area for voting me in and allowing the opportunity to be able to do this on behalf of the province," Carr said.

Her first official day on the job is Thursday, when she'll move into her office, meet with officials and find out what exactly the job entails. However, she already has a few ideas to start on.

"I think I'm going to look at it, to start with, from a safety perspective as we're looking at projects and things as they move forward. At the end of the day, that's the most important thing, that people are safe on the roads."

Carr added that she also intends to maintain communication with the various Transportation Planning Committees across the province, including the SETPC.

"Those Committees are very important, because they are the boots on the ground that actually drive those roads on a daily basis. There are so many roads in Saskatchewan, I can't get to them all, so we rely on them for advice on what they think needs to happen first."

Carr also mentioned the Highway 39 passing lanes will be an emphasis the future. Whether or not the southeast will see an increased focus will depend on other priorities across the province, she said.



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