The speed limit is being reduced to 80 kilometres an hour on Highway 46 east of Regina as crews work to build a bypass around the city.

The reduced speed limit will be in effect from west of Prince of Wales Drive to the Pilot Butte access road.

Officials say construction of the Regina Bypass has resulted in higher traffic volumes and congestion on Highway 46, which previously had a speed limit of 100 km/h.

“The reduced speed limit will help address safety in a busy traffic area,” Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said in a news release Thursday.

“We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience during the construction of the Regina Bypass.”

People visiting family and friends this Thanksgiving long weekend are being reminded to continue to watch for work zones and slow to 60 kilometres an hour when approaching highway construction.