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Centreport Canada Way completed


November 22, 2013
By Rock to Road

November 22, 2013, Winnipeg, Man. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
along with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, welcomed the completion of a new
four-lane expressway in Winnipeg that will connect CentrePort Canada,
Manitoba's inland port, to the core national highway system. The expressway
will be known as CentrePort Canada Way.

November 22, 2013, Winnipeg, Man. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
along with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, welcomed the completion of a new
four-lane expressway in Winnipeg that will connect CentrePort Canada,
Manitoba's inland port, to the core national highway system. The expressway
will be known as CentrePort Canada Way.

"Manitoba's location at the heart of the continent is as big of
an advantage today in the era of free trade as it was in the days of the fur
trade," said Premier Selinger.  "Investing now will mean jobs
and opportunities for generations of Manitoba families as we continue our
strong and steady economic growth."

"This new expressway will increase commercial flows through
Winnipeg and the region and enable the city to take advantage of the
government's unprecedented efforts to expand Canada's market access including
the recently signed agreement in principle for a Comprehensive Economic and
Trade Agreement with the European Union," said Prime Minister Harper.

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The CentrePort Canada Way project consists of a new 9.1-kilometre
four-lane divided roadway and associated structures and interchanges. Construction
began in spring 2010 and the expressway officially opens to traffic today.

The new expressway, which links to the national highway system,
provides better, more efficient flows between CentrePort Canada and nearby
assets such as three Class I rail carriers, an international trucking hub,
Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and the rest of the
country and world.

The project involves using the airport and surrounding land as a hub
to import goods from Asia and Europe and distribute those goods throughout
North America by air, rail and road. It will also help Canadian businesses in
the region benefit from the unprecedented market access the government is
creating including to the European Union, Asia and the United States.

The Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba jointly
committed $212.4 million for the project. The federal contributions were made
under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) and under the
Provincial/Territorial Base Funding Agreement.