11/10/2015 11:18 EST | Updated 11/10/2015 11:59 EST

Saskatchewan Government Under Fire From Opposition NDP For Highway Spending

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Approaching storm, Val Marie, Saskatchewan

REGINA — The NDP is putting the Saskatchewan government's highway construction program in the headlights.

The NDP says the SaskParty government is paying more, yet paving 120 kilometres less of highways this year.

Highways Minister Nancy Heppner counters that the province has faced unprecedented flooding and road repairs, and the main highway system is being upgraded for increased traffic.

She says as an export dependent province, not having that network would restrict the amount of movement available for the province's products.

Heppner adds consultants have been needed for major projects like the Regina by-pass.

Meanwhile, Opposition critic Trent Wotherspoon says the SaskParty government needs to pave more roads with all the money they've spent.

"Saskatchewan drivers and taxpayers know that there are a whole lot of roads that aren't being fixed these days, and we deserve a proper explanation of why this government is paying more and paving less.''

Heppner says the Saskatchewan Party has spent only one billion dollars more in seven years than the NDP did in 16 years.

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