Eleven rural communities will receive nearly $4.9 million in provincial grants from the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth (RIRG) program to rebuild 14 bridges and large culverts. 

When combined with municipal dollars, the total estimated value of the projects is more than $12.3 million.

“We prioritized investments in rural bridges and roads to keep our economy going during the pandemic,” Highways Minister Lori Carr said. “Four years ago, Saskatchewan pledged to rebuild 100 bridges over four years. With the announcement of this latest round of projects, we will have rebuilt or replaced 105 rural bridges.

“Thanks to $1 million in grants from RIRG, our rural municipality will replace two bridges,” RM of Lacadena Reeve Brad Sander said. “Investments in transportation infrastructure support our farmers and keep our rural economy growing.”

RIRG assists rural municipalities to build and upgrade local infrastructure. The program provides grants up to 50 per cent of each project’s total cost, to a maximum of $500,000.