Drivers in the RM of Reciprocity will be happy to hear about two upgrades coming to the area. Highway 361 will have 16 kms of road converted to primary weight super grid road. Highway 318 will have 6 kilometers upgraded to asphalt.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is working closely with municipal governments to improve highways through partnership agreements aimed at providing benefits to local traffic and the economy as a whole,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “By upgrading this segment to a nine-month primary weight corridor, this will benefit both the local and provincial economies by generating truck haul savings as well as improving the overall safety of the road.”
“Partnerships, whether they are with municipalities, private industry or the federal government, allow our government to consider the needs of the entire provincial highway network,” Marit said. “We are pleased we could come to a mutually beneficial agreement with the RM of Reciprocity and look forward to future partnership possibilities throughout the province.”
The project is anticipated to cost $6.3 million.
The provincial government is expected to pay for 70% of Highway 318 and 73% of Highway 361. The RM of Reciprocity will be responsible for coming up with the remaining funds. They will also be responsible for construction, design, tendering and administration costs.
Once the upgrades are completed, The RM will be responsible for summer and winter maintenance.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Government of Saskatchewan to improve the highways for our ratepayers and the traveling public,” RM of Reciprocity Reeve Alan Arthur said. “This work allows us to complete our north/south corridor through the municipality and accommodate the oil and gas industry’s transportation requirements in the area.”“
There is no completion date set for the project as of this time.