10/31/2011 01:39 EDT | Updated 12/31/2011 05:12 EST

Saskatchewan Election Campaign Tackles Highway Help


YORKTON, Sask. - The home stretch of the Saskatchewan election campaign is being paved with a promise of help for highways.

NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter (LING'-ehn-felt-ehr) says his party will twin Highway 10 from Balgonie (bahl-GOH'-nee) to Yorkton if elected next Monday.

Lingenfelter says rural areas are crucial to the province's economy and their future depends on well-maintained transportation.

The NDP says its election platform allocates $2.48 billion to highways over four years.

But the Saskatchewan Party is waving a red flag.

It says the NDP hasn't properly costed out its promise to twin the highway, as well as another one to the U.S. border, or for building a new bridge in Prince Albert.