10/28/2011 03:34 EDT | Updated 12/28/2011 05:12 EST

Saskatchewan election rhetoric ramps up with highway costly promises

SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Party is attacking the NDP's election platform, saying there's a big pothole when it comes to highways.

The Saskatchewan Party claims NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter promised in July to twin Highways 6 and 39 from Regina through Weyburn and Estevan to the U.S. border.

The Saskatchewan Party estimates that would cost at least $250 million, but says neither the promise nor the cost are included in the NDP's election platform.

But New Democrats say the Saskatchewan Party is ramping up the highway rhetoric.

The NDP says Lingenfelter was asked if the twinning could be completed in three years, but said he couldn't commit to that time frame because it would be determined by engineering, planning and contractor availability.

The NDP says it will present further details of its fully-costed plan for highways in the coming days.