Five communities in southwestern Saskatchewan have been approved for funding to use towards traffic safety projects.

Swift Current, Cabri, Hodgeville, Hazenmore, and Assiniboia will combine to receive nearly $180,000 for the improvements through the Crown corporation's Provincial Traffic Safety Fund.

Swift Current will obtain the maximum allowance of $100,000 for traffic lights at the intersection of 2nd Avenue Southeast and Gladstone Street. 

A crosswalk system project in Assiniboia on Centre Street has been given the green light for $44,863.

"This is a push-button rectangular rapid flashing beacon crosswalk system with flashing stop signs to improve pedestrian safety," SGI Spokesperson Tyler McMurchy said. "These are flashing crosswalks in combination with a pedestrian warning signage are intended to increase driver awareness that people are crossing."

Hodgeville will collect $19,322 for a digit sign they'll install for motorists entering the town.

A speed awareness project in Hazenmore has been given $8,353. The funding will be used to install speed signs that could be in place by April.

And another speed awareness project, this one in Cabri will obtain $6,700.

"It will purchase and install a solar power speed display sign for a speed reduction at the multisport court and school playground," he said.

The Provincial Traffic Safety Fund began in 2019 and has handed out over $10 million to over 730 traffic safety projects since its inception.