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Manitoba announces $502M for infrastructure in 2017-18


November 18, 2016
By Province of Manitoba

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November 18, 2016 – Manitoba’s new government is proud to move forward with strategic investments in infrastructure, beginning with planned improvements to highways, provincial roads and bridges for the 2017-18 construction season, Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today as he released the year’s construction tendering schedule.

“We are excited to announce these plans for strategic investment that will improve our network of highways, roads and bridges with the goal of supporting economic growth in our province and keeping all Manitobans safe,” said Pedersen. “Manitoba‘s new government is showing a strong commitment to provincial infrastructure with $502 million in planned investments for 2017-18 and a commitment of $500 million per year over each of the following four years.  This stable, predictable, five-year funding allows industry the time to plan and invest both in the coming year and beyond.”

The province is releasing the list of tenders early to give the construction industry time to prepare for another season of building, the minister said, adding transportation investments provide benefits to the construction industry, motorists and the provincial economy.

The 2017-18 construction tendering list includes projects such as paving, grading, upgrading bridges, and improvements to intersections.  The minister noted the province will continue to leverage opportunities to partner with the government of Canada on capital projects.

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The 2017-18 highway capital program of $502 million can generate approximately 5,000 jobs and contribute $400 million to Manitoba’s GDP, Pedersen said.

Highlights of the 2017-18 tender advertising schedule include:

Eastern Region:
• Paving, including grading and base, on five kilometres (km) of the northbound lanes of PTH 75 from St. Jean Baptiste to Morris, cost-shared with the government of Canada; and
• Pavement rehabilitation on 25 km of PTH 8 from PTH 27 to Clandeboye Road, west of Selkirk.

South Central Region:
• Paving, including grading and curve realignment, along 15.5 km of PTH 14 from east of PR 306 at Plum Coulee to PTH 30;
• Paving 16 km of PTH 13 north of PTH 2 in the vicinity of Elm Creek; 
• Gravel road restoration at various locations along 8.4 km of PR 643 from 8.4 km south of PTH 6 to PTH 6 near St. Laurent;
• Gravel road restoration, various locations, along 8.4 km of PR 227 from PTH 16 to 8.4 km east of PTH 16, west of Oakland; and
• Gravel road restoration, various locations, along 30.9 km of PR 305 from PTH 13 to PTH 3, west of Brunkild.

Southwest Region:
• Paving including intersection improvements along five km of PTH 3 from the south junction of PTH 34 to PTH 3A in the vicinity of Crystal City;
• Gravel road restoration, various locations, along 21.3 km of PR 255 from Cromer to Scarth;
• Gravel road restoration, various locations, along four km of PR 264 from four km east of PR 476 to PR 476, west of Rossburn; and
• Gravel road restoration, various locations, along 2.4 km of PR 476 from PTH 16 north, east of Russell.

West Central Region:
• Gravel road restoration, various locations, along 16 km of PR 481 from PR 276 to PR 364, north of Ste. Rose du Lac; and
• Paving of 17.4 km of PTH 83 north of PR 482, south of Roblin.

Northern Region:
• Paving of 17.6 km of PTH 10 from The Pas to PR 287,
• Improvements to PR 280 at various locations near Split Lake, and
• Surfacing of 23.2 km of PR 373 from Minago River to Whiskey Jack.

Bridges:
• A new bridge along the westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway over the Whitemouth River near Hashashville;
• A new bridge over the Little Morris River on PR 422, south of Rosenort; and 
• Continuing rehabilitation work on the PR 313 bridge over the Winnipeg River at Lac Du Bonnet.

The tendering schedule for the 2017-18 construction season is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/contracts/index.html.  

The $502 million planned for 2017-18 also includes other major projects that have been tendered or where construction has started, such as:
• Grading 21.3 km of the eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway from PTH 11 (south of Hadashville) to PR 308 near East Braintree;
• Paving 32 km of the eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Richer from the Brokenhead River to the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, cost-shared with the government of Canada;
• Bridge construction in Brandon over the Assiniboine River on PTH 1A;
• Paving, 17.5 km of PTH 5 from PR 366 (Grandview) to four km east of PR 583;
• Paving 22.7 km of PTH 6 from north of Woodlands to St. Laurent, cost-shared with the government of Canada;
• Paving 11.6 km of PTH 10 from 4.5 km north of PTH 24 to PTH 16, south of Minnedosa;
• Paving 17 km of PTH 10 from the Flin Flon airport access to the east junction of PTH 10A;
• Paving 4.7 km of PTH 16, in the vicinity of Binscarth, from 0.8 km north of PR 478 to 1.2 km southeast of PR 359;
• Interchange construction on the northeast Perimeter Highway at PTH 59;
• Bridge construction over the Plum River on PTH 75, south of Morris, cost-shared with the government of Canada; and
• Paving 13.8 km of PTH 83 from Miniota to PR 355.