Request for Funding – Overweight/Over Dimensional Routes
Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
WHEREAS the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) are in the care and control of the Saskatchewan provincial highway system, weight classifications and restrictions.
WHEREAS MHI has established and designated primary weight and over dimensional routes throughout the province to promote safe and efficient movement of people and goods through Saskatchewan cities and larger urban centers;
WHEREAS the Urban Highway Connector Program has been established by the provincial government providing funding to assist in the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of these established urban connectors;
WHEREAS some of these overweight or over dimensional loads may be too large to pass through the designated routes established within the urban corridors and or/provincial highways, therefore requiring the routes for these loads established by the provincial permitting office to pass over municipal roads;
WHEREAS the only funding provided to a rural municipality to assist with the maintenance and operation of these roads is the provincially regulated overweight/over dimensional permit fee;
WHEREAS these fees do not come close to covering the potential impact to these municipal roads nor the administrative burden to ensure that proper permitting is in place prior to the goods being moved through the respective municipality;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, along with the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) permitting office, review the permitting process for overweight and/or over dimensional loads, and set aside a fund within the Urban Connector Program to further compensate rural municipalities based upon miles
of municipal roads used per year that are utilized as urban bypass routes to move goods in a safe and efficient manner.