Heavy Haul Program

Res #: 2-07M
Number: 2
Year: 2007
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Government Relations

Resolution No. 2 – 07M
Heavy Haul Program

WHEREAS the Heavy Haul Program has been historically under funded, and road improvement costscontinue to increase:

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM strongly press the Government of Saskatchewan to update thefunding level of the Heavy Haul Program from $2.25 million to $5 million annually in new money. 

Ministry of Municipal affairs RESPONSE

·         In the 2007-08 Provincial Budget, two new funding initiatives were announced which complement the Heavy Haul-High Volume (HH-HV) road program:
Ø       The Primary Weight Road Corridors Program, with $5 million provided in 2007-08 and an additional $5 million to be considered in the 2008-09 budget process, will be available for maintenance and construction of Primary Weight Road Corridors.
Ø       The Roads to Resources Program, through the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, provided $5 million for construction/upgrading of roads that provide access to resources in 2007-08 with an additional $5 million to be considered during the 2008-09 budget development process.

·         Both of these programs are expected to reduce the demand for funding of HH-HV roads, because they are often the same roads.

·         If SARM and rural municipalities believe there is a need for more funding for HH-HV roads, a portion of future increases to Rural Revenue Sharing could be allocated to the HH-HV Program.