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Saskatchewan Truckers to Update Road Conditions for Public

SASKATOON — Ridsdale Transport Ltd. has partnered with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to provide road condition updates.

Saskatoon-based Ridsdale Transport Ltd. has partnered with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to provide road condition updates for motorists and other truckers.

"We're excited to have this new pilot project up and running with a Saskatchewan trucking firm that is dedicated to providing valuable information to Highway Hotline users," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said.

Risdale will provide road condition information on some of their Saskatchewan routes, between the hours of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Drivers will call in road conditions when they are at a terminal, switch point, or other normal stop along their route, or more often in extreme weather as road conditions warrant.

All calls will be made to their regular dispatcher who will send a report to the Highway Hotline office, which is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the winter months. The new report will appear in green on the regular Highway Hotline text report, found here.

"Our drivers and our company are on board with this project because it's simple, it makes sense, and provides an important public service to our fellow motorists," Ridsdale Transport Ltd. Director of Operations Wayne Kowalyshyn said.

The routes that will be reported on are:

  • Highway 1 between Swift Current and the Manitoba border
  • Highway 6 between Regina and Melfort
  • Highway 10 between Regina and Yorkton
  • Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon
  • Highway 16 between Saskatoon and Lloydminster
  • Highway 41 between Saskatoon and Melfort
     
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Perhaps they can also start a service to tell truckers where they can park or even stop for a bathroom break on Hwy#1 in Saskatchewan!