Funding for Municipal Bridges and Large Diameter Culverts

Year: 2019

Number: 14-19M

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

Midterm: Yes

WHEREAS there are approximately 1,500 rural municipal bridges in Saskatchewan;


WHEREAS many of these bridges require serious repair or replacement, which is very expensive;


WHEREAS bridges and large diameter culverts are not factored into “road related data” in the municipal revenue sharing formula;


WHEREAS without adequate funding, rural municipalities may have no choice but to close roadways and bridges that provide important access to the market for Saskatchewan’s many industries and natural resources, including agriculture;


BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Government Relations to include bridges and large diameter culverts in the provincial revenue sharing formula for rural municipalities;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the provincial government allocate sufficient funding for the preservation of wooden timber bridges and that this funding be available in conjunction with the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program’s three-year bridge inspection program;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a separate provincial municipal bridge and large diameter culvert fund be established to help rural municipalities with the cost of complete replacement when it becomes necessary.

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