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Report from the Legislature

May 10, 2018

Report from the Legislature
May 10, 2018
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $14 million to improve rural roads, bridges and culverts
throughout the province. 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.
The rural municipal road system plays an important part in getting our exports to market. Our
investment in MREP supports municipalities and plays an important part in keeping our economy
strong. Administered by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, MREP grants cover up
to 50% of the costs of road projects and 30 to 90% of the costs of bridge and culvert projects.
With this year's budget, our government has invested more than $3 billion into highways and
infrastructure over the last three years. This shows that our government understands the need to
make our busiest highways safer, and to get our exports to market more efficiently.
A decade of growth means major safety improvements to many of Saskatchewan's busiest highways.
Improvements include continued work on the Warman and Martensville interchanges; continued work
on twinning Highway 7 between Vanscoy and Delisle; and starting a series of twinning and passing
lane projects on Highways 6 and 39 between Regina and Estevan. Two sets of passing lanes will be
built on Highway 6 between Regina and the junction of Highway 39 this year.
Another two sets of passing lanes will be built on Highway 4 between North Battleford and Cochin
while planning work begins for passing lanes on Highway 7 between Rosetown and the Alberta border,
and Highways 9 and 10 between Melville and Canora. Planning work for passing lanes, widening and
repaving Highway 5 between Highway 2 and Saskatoon is also underway. Two sets of passing lanes
were opened on Highway 5 between Humboldt and Highway 2 last year.
In addition to these projects, this year's budget will see 800 kilometres of highway improvements
across the province. Other highlights include $13 million to repair flood damage or prevent damage in
future years, and $6.7 million to urban municipalities through the Urban Highway Connector Program.
We continue working to improve traffic safety and efficiency with the construction of largest
infrastructure project in Saskatchewan's history – The Regina Bypass. On time and on budget for
completion in 2019, the project includes 12 overpasses, 30 years of maintenance, 40 kilometres of
new four-lane highway, 55 kilometres of new service roads, and 20 kilometres of four-lane
resurfacing. The project involves 97 Saskatchewan-based companies and has created over 8,200 jobs.
At the start of another construction season, please remember to be alert, to drive carefully and to
reduce your speed in construction zones.
May 6-12, 2018 is Emergency Preparedness Week.
Over the last several years, our province has experienced significant emergency situations like
flooding, wildfires and severe weather events. That's why it is so important  to be emergency ready. This means
knowing the risks, making a plan, getting an emergency kit and downloading the SaskAlert App.
SaskAlert notifies residents of emergencies in their area in real time so they can take action to protect
themselves, their families and their property. If you don't have SaskAlert on your smartphone yet, you
can download the app from your phone's app store or by visiting www.saskalert.ca.

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