NDP join in his call for accountability
The Sask. Party’s mismanaged Regina Bypass has cost Saskatchewan $2 billion, but it has also cost Lloyd Rogina, a local property owner who believes his land and home have suffered extensive damage from the project’s high volume of heavy-haul traffic. The Sask. Party government deflected his concerns and told him to contact Regina Bypass Design Builders (RBDB), but he has not been satisfied with their responses, so Lloyd came to the Legislature and is demanding accountability.
“The Sask. Party and RBDB have made a habit out of brushing off concerns. We saw it with the concerns of farmers and Balgonie residents about the roundabouts being too small and causing safety issues, and now we’re seeing it with Lloyd, who deserves some answers regarding the damage to his property,” said NDP Regina Bypass Critic Cathy Sproule. “This is not what Lloyd, or the people of Saskatchewan signed up for when the Sask. Party told us the bill for the bypass was going from $400 million to $2 billion.”
Rogina’s home and land are next to the Regina Bypass, off the Cortney Extension south of Highway 1. Aside from cracks in the drywall, his doors stick and there is separation of the foundations. He has even noticed the smell of gas around the property.
Rogina has had no choice but to spend his retirement savings on engineers to figure out the problem. He is also looking for answers from the Sask. Party and RBDB, but they have provided none.
“There has been absolutely no accountability from the government or RBDB,” Rogina said. “It’s frustrating because we saw some people make millions off of land flips at the Global Transportation Hub, but on the other side of the bypass, I’m on a fixed income and am at risk of losing my home.”
“The Provincial Auditor's report shows the Sask. Party Government has failed to properly regulate heavy-haul truck traffic or operate weigh stations,” Sproule said. “These failures have consequences and need to be addressed immediately.”