Expressway Lighting Project Complete
Today, the City of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan announced that the expressway lighting project along the Ring Road between Assiniboine Avenue East and Albert Street South is now complete.
“Safety is a top priority for the City of Regina and residents,” says Mayor Michael Fougere. “With the completion of this work, visibility is greatly improved and therefore so is the safety of drivers. We are pleased to have had the support of the Province to advance this project.”
Installing the expressway lighting started in March 2019 and the total cost of the project was $1.984 million. This project was funded through a partnership between the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Regina.
“Our government is very pleased to be working with the City of Regina on this road safety improvement,” Minister of Advanced Education and MLA for Regina University, Tina Beaudry-Mellor said on behalf of Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Greg Ottenbriet. “We know how important the transportation system is to our citizens and to the businesses in our province.”
The improved lighting between Assiniboine Avenue East and Albert Street South are made up of 111 eco-friendly, high intensity and efficient LED light poles. Each pole provides an average of 26,000 lumens and is expected to save up to 50 per cent in energy cost savings.
“It’s a relief that this project is finally complete,” says Lisa Boehm, mother of 17-year-old Katie Boehm who died tragically on this road in 2015. “I am confident the lights will reduce future accidents and save lives. I’m grateful that the City and Province were able to get this project done.”
In addition to the Expressway Lighting Project, the City of Regina has invested in several other traffic related improvements for the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Some of these improvements include traffic signal infrastructure, protected crosswalks, measures to address dangerous driving and speeding, as well as implementing bike lanes and multi-use pathways.