Prairie Post (East Edition)

Another $15.3 million for rural highway improvemen­ts

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Support through Rural Integrated Roads for Growth Program

A successful partnershi­p between the Government of Saskatchew­an and Saskatchew­an Associatio­n of Rural Municipali­ties (SARM( continues to improve roads through its Rural Integrated Roads for Growth (RIRG) program. More than 41 municipali­ties and communitie­s are set to receive $15.3 million in RIRG funding in Phase four of the program to address 56 projects.

“The RIRG program has been very well received over the past several years,” Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said. “Our government is investing in infrastruc­ture that keeps our rural economies growing and improves safety. This successful program, in partnershi­p with SARM, has improved the safety and quality of our bridges and highways in dozens of rural areas.”

RIRG provides financial support to RMs with the cost of constructi­ng and upgrading rural infrastruc­ture, which helps local industries including agricultur­e, energy and forestry. The program grants cover up to 50 per cent of each project’s total cost, to a maximum of $500,000.

“The financial support for rural roads is important and welcome,” SARM President Ray Orb said. “Rural municipali­ties continue to contribute to local infrastruc­ture supporting Saskatchew­an’s rural-based industries.”

Phase 4 will include 56 road projects valued at a total cost $43.2 million.

This year’s provincial budget will improve more than 1,100 kilometres of highways, for a total of more than 3,500 kilometres of highways improved over the past three years. The Government of Saskatchew­an has invested about $11.5 billion in highways infrastruc­ture since 2008, improving more than 18,400 kilometres of Saskatchew­an highways.

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