The Government of Saskatchewan in Canada has issued tenders for 24 projects in an attempt to improve highways safety in the province.

The project tenders, issued by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, have a combined value of nearly C$65m ($50.86m).

Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said: “Safety is the most important priority on our provincial highway system.

“We are pleased with this year’s spring tender plan and the continuation of passing lane expansion throughout the province.”

This new tenders include projects to build passing lanes on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin; and Highway 6 between the junction of Highway 39 and the Rowatt Access.

It also includes duplication of Highway 7 around the Village of Vanscoy to increase road safety in the region.

“Safety is the most important priority on our provincial highway system.”

The total project works involve nearly 70km in grading and paving works; 225km of maintenance work; two culvert installations, as well as rehabilitation of nine bridges.

Tender advertising is currently underway for these projects.

The commencement of project works depends on the completion of tender process, selection of contractor and weather.

In the last three years, the Saskatchewan Government has invested more than C$3bn ($2.35bn) in highway and maintenance works, including C$924m ($724.1m) in this year’s budget.

Earlier this week, the government announced an investment of C$14m ($10.9m) to improve rural roads, bridges and culverts across the province.

The Municipal Roads for the Economy Program will provide funding for the overhauling municipal roads that are affected by increased truck traffic and bridge and culvert projects.