Highway construction season is kicking into full gear in Saskatchewan.

The province announced some major highway construction projects earlier this week, including one stretch of highway in the southeast.

The province said the stretch of Highway 39 between Regina and Weyburn will have work done on it this year. This is part of a twinning project with Highway 6 near the communities of Rowatt and Corinne.

In total the province plans to make improvements to roughly 1,000 kilometres of Saskatchewan highways this year, including:

  • 230 km of repaving;
  • 300 km of medium treatments, like micro surfacing;
  • 340 km of pavement sealing;
  • 115 km of Thin Membrane Surface (TMS) and rural highway upgrades; and
  • 35 km of gravel rehabilitation.

Highways will also be investing $62.8 million to repair or rebuild 14 Saskatchewan bridges, and replace more than 100 culverts across the province.

The province is also encouraging motorists to use caution when passing through highway construction zones.

"The Ministry of Highways has crews working all over the province making improvements to our transportation network," Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. "Let's keep them safe, so everyone gets home safe at night. We have lots of work going on and these slowdowns are only temporary."