When the Regina Bypass started, costs were estimated at around $400 million dollars. Over the next year, costs rose to $800 million, then $1.2 billion, and then just five months after that announcement the price rose again to $1.88 billion. This cost does not include acquisition of land along the route. This means total costs will probably be over $2 billion.
The P.C. Party of Saskatchewan is endorsing a northern route that will save Provincial taxpayers $1 billion.
Most of the industrial development in Southern Saskatchewan is located on the north side of Regina. A northern bypass would enhance the growth of Saskatchewan jobs.
High use intersections east of Regina, which have been identified as dangerous to the public, have been included in the PC plan. Because safety is the number 1 reason for a bypass, the PC Party believes these structures should have been started before the bypass at Tower Road.
Some of the money we can save comes from:
- Less need for land acquisition, as much of the northern route is Crown land or city-owned
- Highway #46 only needs to be twinned, eliminating half the cost of that section.
- The land North of Regina is better suited for construction than the land south of Regina and will need far less aggregate. This reduces time and cost preparing the land for construction.
- The proposed bypass south of Regina will cross many existing power lines, gas lines, pipelines, drainage ditches and other infrastructure which will have to be moved or redesigned at a huge cost to the taxpayer. The northern route has almost none of the above.