Rural Integrated Roads for Growth
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) and SARM are pleased to introduce Phase One of the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth (RIRG), a new infrastructure grant funding program that replaces the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP).
Phase Two will involve the Clearing the Path incremental funding grants to be shared in late 2019.
Highlights of the new RIRG:
- Funding will be provided for roads, bridges and large culverts;
- Clearing the Path primary weight corridors (CTP) and Heavy Haul High Volume roads (HHHV) are rolled into one road program;
- Eligible projects must be a Rural Road Classification (RRC) 1 to 5 for Bridge and HHHV projects and RRC 1 to 7 for CTP;
- MHI and SARM are hosting a Bridge Summit;
- Bridge inspections will be conducted;
- Introduction of a $500,000 cap per program year, per RM, per project;
- Introduction of a four-year rolling cap;
- Electronic applications for road and bridge/culvert projects will be kept on file and eligible for three fiscal years;
- Pavement not an eligible expense;
- Bridge maintenance not an eligible expense;
- Bridge inspections in a three-year rotation;
- The RIRG projects to be completed over a two-year time frame;
- Traffic Count Request for Proposal (RFP) include prices for a five-, four- and three-year rotations of traffic counts; and
- RIRG was developed with a $14 million status quo budget.
Applications for the program are now open. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2019. View the Application Guide to apply.