The Saskatchewan Government announced on January 8 that dozens of communities across the province will receive grants for traffic safety improvements from the Provincial Traffic Safety Fund, with a few communities around the Humboldt area chosen.
- The RM of Humboldt was approved to receive $8,372 in funding for Radar Speed signs.
- The RM of Lake Lenore will also be receiving $3,500 for a Speed Awareness Project.
- The Town of Wakaw will receive $16,154 for a Speed Management Project
- The Town of Watson will receive $82,032 in funding for a Highway Safety Crossing
"I'm pleased that the Traffic Safety Fund is able to support an additional 62 projects across Saskatchewan to help keep people safe," Minister Responsible for SGI Dustin Duncan said. "I'd like to thank the leaders in all communities that submitted applications for their commitment to traffic safety."
Many of the approved projects focus on increasing pedestrian safety, such as:
- The installation of solar-powered speed display signs in Bengough
- The development of a pedestrian walking path in a high-risk area on Cowessess First Nation
- The installation of traffic signals and signage in Swift Current.
“The latest round of funding has 59 Saskatchewan communities receiving funding for 62 projects with a total of nearly 1.3 million dollars in this round of funding,” stated Tyler McMurchy, SGI Manager of Media Relations. “We have seen a lot of projects that have focused on speed management and improving pedestrian safety throughout the course of the program, and this one is no different.”
Since 2019, Provincial Traffic Safety Fund Grants have been awarded twice a year to communities, using proceeds from photo speed enforcement.
The Provincial Government stated in a release that with the latest rounds of grants, more than $10 million has been provided for 733 projects since the Fund was established.
"This has been an extremely successful program, allowing communities throughout Saskatchewan to access non-tax revenue to fund many traffic safety projects," Minister Duncan said.
“Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of representatives from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, the Prince Albert Grand Council, the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Highways and SGI,” stated the Government release.
The Provincial Traffic Safety Fund Grant is now open for funding applications that will be awarded in June. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2024. Click here for more information.