The Regina Bypass Design Builders will be paving the Grid Road from Highway 46 to Highway 364. In order to do the job in a timely matter, this entire road will be closed from Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 a.m. until Friday, October 13th.
The closure will include the entrance from the Grid to Herauf Street.
Local traffic from Highway 46 to the 3 acreages on the west end of the Grid Road will be the only permitted traffic.
Once this project is complete, the crew will move over to work on the Service Road from Highway 364 to Main Street. Service Road will be closed from Friday, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. to Saturday, October 14, at 8:00 p.m.
The project times may vary and are weather dependent. Please stay off of these roads and obey the closure signs so that the crews can do the work in a timely manner.
The Town of Balgonie endorsed the Balgonie portion of the Bypass project from the inception of the project. There were extreme safety concerns on Highway 1 and the level crossings from Highway 46 and the level crossing at Main Street. Too many fatalities and injuries have occurred at these locations with the increased traffic on these highways and the increased permitted speeds from 100 kph to 110 kph the potential for future accidents continues to increase. The new bypass will address these cross over issues.
The Town of Balgonie was presented with some preliminary designs (2010 to 2013) which indicated the Right in/Right out access would remain at Main Street in Balgonie and that the centre median would be closed for cross over traffic.
The plan indicating the closure at Main Street in both directions was only presented to the town residents on September 2014 with no pre-consultation or notice of the concept change. In response, the Town of Balgonie sent a letter to the Ministry of Highways in October 2014 expressing the dissatisfaction with the total closure of the access at Main Street. The impacts
noted included access, economic and emergency responses.
In the time since, the Town has continued to request the Right In/Right Out at Main Street and made several appeals to the Ministry on behalf of the local residents to find a reasonable solution. Additionally, the Town requested that the Ministry of Highways hold public consultations regarding the proposed closure of Main Street. There were no opportunities provided by the Ministry for public consultations. Open houses started to occur in 2016—long after the closure was presented on paper and after the Ministry decided to close the access.
Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Indian Head-Milestone MLA Don McMorris on behalf of Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, announced funding for an estimated $6.4 million expansion for the Town of Balgonie’s wastewater system to better serve the community and position it for growth.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
Due to the Ministry’s concerns for safety, we will not be revisiting the decision to close the Main Street access on Highway 1. Instead, we want to develop solutions to mitigate the impact of the closure on local business and emergency services.
The meeting will take place from 7pm to 8pm at the Balgonie Baptist Church.
Our annual 2017 Dinner Theatre is right around the corner. This year’s play is called Exit Laughing. The dates for the production are November 3, 4 and November 10, and November 11. Box office tickets go on sale Sunday, October 15 at the Balgonie Multiplex from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. This year, tickets are $45.00 each. Park your car in order that you arrive and numbers will be passed out at 6 a.m. sharp the morning of the 15th of October. Parking a car and leaving it unattended does not hold your place in line.
Around the middle of October, the committee will be canvassing the town and rural community for donations toward the Dinner Theatre. Our members will begin phoning around the middle of October. Please read the instructions below regarding dropping off food items. Thank you in advance for your co-operation folks in making this event such a success. If you have any questions regarding food donations, etc. please phone Susan at 306-771-2202 donations for both weekends may be dropped off Wednesday, November 1 between the hours of 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Balgonie Multiplex.
- If you miss the drop off time – donations are accepted at the Multiplex anytime during the event. Please call Penni at 306 -771 -2230.
- Please put your name on food items when dropping them off.
- Donation items may also be purchased at Cross Country Foods, your name will be placed on the item and Cross Country Foods will deliver your donated item to the Multiplex.
- Cash donations are also gladly accepted. Please drop off at the Town office – Cheques made payable to the Balgonie Rec. Board – Dinner Theatre.
We would like to remind you that this fundraiser brings in approximately $35,000.00 into our community. The proceeds this year will be divided between the Recreation Board, Balgonie Swimming Pool, Balgonie Curling Club, the Volunteer Fire Department, the Balgonie Early Learning Centre, Balgonie Playschool, Balgonie Dance and Twirl and the Multiplex.
Our event is also looking for volunteers to assist in waitering, waitressing, kitchen duties, etc.; we would be pleased to have you. If you are new to the community and would like to meet new people, this is a great opportunity. Please phone me, Shaun McBain at 771-4343 or Penni at 771-2230.