News Release - January 17, 2001
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR ANNAHEIM ACCESS ROAD
Upgrades on the Annaheim Access Road will speed up, thanks to an innovative
The partnership agreement details the joint responsibilities and process for
upgrading the community access road to meet local industry and community
needs. The Annaheim Access Road runs for 16 km from Highway 5 to the Village
"Through this partnership, upgrading on this road can be done several years
earlier than would be possible under regular budgeting and can be achieved at a
lower total cost," Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag said.
The Access Road is key for transporting materials and goods (steel, heavy haul
trailers) to and from Doepker Industries, which considers improvements to the
road vital to their continued business in Annaheim. The road is also used for
local rural traffic, including grain hauling. In partnership with the RM of
St. Peter, the Village of Annaheim and Doepker Industries, Saskatchewan
Highways and Transportation agreed to a mutually beneficial long-term agreement
to upgrade the road.
Representatives from the Village, the RM of St. Peter, Doepker Industries and
the department of Economic and Co-operative Development, joined Highways and
Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag at a signing ceremony in Annaheim.
"Through this agreement everyone wins," Sonntag said. "The community and RM
win by accelerating roadwork, and ensuring there is a transportation network in
place to serve the needs of local businesses. The department wins by making
more efficient use of scarce resource dollars. Doepker Industries wins by
having an upgraded road to better meet its business needs, and having an
incentive to keep operating in Annaheim."
Details of the agreement are as follows:
- From April 1, 2001 - March 31, 2004 the RM will work with the
department to rebuild the subgrade (begin reconstructing the grade in
2001, finish it in 2002, and allow the roadbed to "settle" in 2003).
- Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation will pay 75 per cent of
construction cost (estimated at $262,500 for 2001-2002; and $262,500
- Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation intends to place a surfacing
structure on the road starting in 2004 if industrial traffic is still
regular at that time.
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For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 787-4804