POLITICS

Saskatchewan government shutters plan to boost highway monitoring cameras

10/23/2013 10:22 EDT | Updated 12/23/2013 05:12 EST
REGINA - A Saskatchewan government official says it's highly unlikely that a plan to increase the number of highway cameras used to alert drivers to changing road conditions around the province will go ahead.

Joel Cherry, a spokesman for the highways ministry, says the department has had to re-evaluate in light of budget and other concerns.

The highways ministry said last March that up to five more cameras would be installed this year.

There are currently four cameras mounted around Saskatchewan, including one between La Ronge and Prince Albert, one northeast of Lloydminster and two along Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon.

The installations, which cost between $25,000 and $35,000 dollars each, provide data for the province's highway hotline website, which has been criticized by drivers for not having enough monitoring sites.

Cherry says while additional units are still possible, other work has been done to make roads safer, including photo radar and rumble strips before construction zones. (CJME)