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Economic boom battering Saskatchewan’s rural infrastructure

Roads are taking the brunt of year-round heavy truck traffic in the energy, potash and agriculture sectors.



SASKATOON—Saskatchewan’s roads and infrastructure have taken a beating during its unprecedented economic boom and municipalities want the problem addressed.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) says roads are taking the brunt of year-round heavy truck traffic from the energy, potash and agriculture sectors.

The group wants $160 million in additional government funding over four years from the provincial government to upgrade transportation infrastructure battered and bruised by an economic boom.

David Marit, president of SARM, says a reliable road network will be needed if industry is to continue to grow and make Saskatchewan globally competitive.

SARM and its counterpart, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, have scheduled meetings later this month to discuss infrastructure improvements.

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