RM roads, bridges get $25.5 million boost

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Eight RMs in the Southwest have received grant funding through the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program.

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The Government of Saskatchewan today announced $25.5 million in funding for 80 road, bridge and culvert projects in 64 rural municipalities (RMs).

The Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP) provides funding for municipal roads impacted by increased truck traffic, as well as bridge and culvert projects. Funding for the program is consistent with last year’s budget.

“The rural municipal grid road system is an important part of the network that gets our exports to market.” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “Our investment in MREP supports individual municipalities and plays an important part in our government’s Plan for Growth.”

MREP is administered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM).  Grants cover up to 50 per cent of the costs of road projects and 30 to 90 per cent of the costs of bridge and culvert projects.

"We appreciate the Government's continued support for rural Saskatchewan," SARM President David Marit said. "Saskatchewan's growth is fueled by resource exports and MREP ensures money is invested back into the rural transportation system that supports those exports."

Highlights of the 2014 MREP grants include:

- $9.7 million in grants for 19 Heavy Haul-High Volume road construction projects;

- $7.3 million for 24 Clearing the Path road construction projects; and

- 37 bridge and culvert projects totalling $7.7 million.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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