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Major highway projects to benefit Manitoba


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Major highway projects to benefit Manitoba
Major work in the north this year, as part of
the province’s 10-year, $ 4-billion plan to improve Manitoba’s highways,
includes upgrades to PTH 6 and PTH 10 and several provincial roads.

July 1, 2010, Manitoba – Major work in the north this year, as part of the province’s 10-year, $4-billion plan to improve Manitoba’s highways, includes upgrades to PTH 6 and PTH 10 and several provincial roads, Premier Greg Selinger has announced.

“This government has made an historic investment in our Manitoba roads and bridges with our 10-year Highway and Bridge Renewal Plan,” Selinger said.  “Today we are moving forward on those investments to advance local priorities in the North and to recognize the importance of these links to increasing safety and building the northern economy.”

PTH 10 will see another major paving project undertaken in 2010, from The Pas to PR 282, a distance of 30 kilometres, as part of major improvements to this key route in northern Manitoba. In addition to the PTH 10 project, PR 283 west of The Pas will also be paved from west of PTH  10 to PR 282.

Other regional key projects scheduled for this construction season include:

  • PTH 6 from Thompson to PR 375. This major reconstruction project will be completed this summer.
  • PR 373 from Sea Falls to north of PR 374 in the Norway House/Cross Lake area.  This major grade, base and asphalt-surfacing job is a federal cost-shared project that will be completed this year.

“Road upgrades are essential to improving the quality of life in the north, connecting communities, families and businesses to one another.  Upgrades to highways, such as PTH 10, link more northern communities into the major economic corridor of the region,” Selinger said.

In 2010, the provincial budget for highway and bridge renewal and maintenance is $525 million, up by over 50 per cent since 2006 when Manitoba made a commitment of $4 billion over 10 years for highway capital construction and maintenance.