WAKAW LAKE ACCESS ROAD UPGRADE SET TO BEGIN
Small Community and Tourism Access Road Program Providing Benefits
Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris
Aug. 29, 2012 - Road work is set to begin on a $3.3 million dollar upgrade to improve access into Wakaw Lake Regional Park in Central Saskatchewan. The improvements will include widening the road embankment, adding base and a double seal, leading to a stronger and smoother travelling surface.
"The upgrade to the Wakaw Lake Access road, which serves the Resort Village of Wakaw Lake and the regional park, will provide residents and visitors safe and reliable access," Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch said on behalf of Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris. "It's an example of how our region is benefiting from a robust economy in Saskatchewan."
About 10 kilometres (km) of the road will be upgraded from the existing combination of thin membrane surface (TMS) and gravel under the Small Community and Tourism Access Program. The program provides funding to improve access roads to small communities and tourist destinations like Wakaw Lake.
"This road improvement will be a huge benefit for our park and we expect some very happy campers as a result," Wakaw Regional Park Manager Ray Edworthy said.
The ministry has also entered into a partnership with the Rural Municipality of Hoodoo to surface the Cudsaskwa Beach Access. This road connects with the access road approximately 1 km west of the regional park. The construction of this supplemental work will be funded by the ministry.
Roads considered for reconstruction under the Small Community and Tourism Access Roads program include provincially owned and maintained access roads off highways leading to a community or tourism attraction. Access roads in poor condition are given priority consideration. There are more than 1,300 km of access roads in the province.