NDP leader calling for rumble strips at site of Humboldt Broncos crash

The leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats is calling for rumble strips at the intersection where the Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened.

“That’s what the local people are asking for. That’s what the people of Saskatchewan are waiting for,” said Ryan Meili, during a question period Nov. 28. “We’d like to simply know from the minister when will those be put in place.”

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The RM of Connaught, where the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 is located, voted to send a letter to the provincial government at its meeting April 9 asking them to look at installing rumble strips.

“Specific to 35 and 335, there is an independent study taking place right now, and we’re hoping to have those final results in,” said Lori Carr, the highways minister, in response to Meili. “We will be implementing changes based on that study.”

The minister said the study is being wrapped up.

“We will have those results very, very shortly and we will take those results seriously.”

Meili also asked about a 2016 presentation prepared by the highways ministry about roundabouts obtained by the opposition. The ministry had examined more than 100 studies and came to the conclusion that roundabouts have 67 per cent fewer collisions and 87 per cent fewer collisions where people are injured or killed.

“So my question for the minister is, why has there been no action on these recommendations?” he said. “Will the Sask. Party be using roundabouts at intersections throughout Saskatchewan?”

Carr said the ministry was looking at roundabouts.

“As we move forward with our planning, we leave no stone unturned. And if there’s a situation where that might be the best option, it’s not something that we would rule out. But we have to look at all options,” she said, “when it comes to safety.”

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