The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $14 million into rural infrastructure through the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP), which especially those experiencing increased truck traffic. One of the highways receiving funding is in the southeast.
"There is significant work in the RM of Cymri," explained David Marit, Minister of Highways. "They're getting some funding to repave a municipal road which takes a lot of traffic off of our Highway 18 for both oil and ag sectors. They are upgrading that to a primary."
"It's a primary grid 705 and I think it's right around Midale is where they're doing it. The total project cost just under $2 million but we cap the funding at $750,000 because we are limited on the funds and it allows us to partner with some municipalities throughout the province."
He added that the timeline will be left up to the municipality.
"We just let them know that they have been approved and they received the funding and now they'll put it out to tender."
"Probably the big thing that you might see is what we call the Clearing the Path Corridor. If you're along the highway, you'll see a green and white sign that says CTP on it and that's a municipal grid road that allows primary weight on it and it's in a partnership with the ministry of highways and the rural municipalities across the province. So that primary weight trucks can get from one highway to another highway without using what we call secondary weight or TMS (thin membrane surface) highway system."
"I would like to commend the municipalities for the partnership agreements that we have throughout the province. It's a good working relationship where we can allow industry to grow, both ag and other sectors to allow primary weights onto their system to alleviate those weights on secondary highway systems that obviously couldn't take those kinds of weights. And it still allows the economy to grow and for businesses to come and do work in the municipalities.