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Manitoba announces significant highway upgrades


May 28, 2014
By Government of Manitoba

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May 28, 2014, Winnipeg, Man. – Manitoba Premier Greg
Selinger has announced that the government will invest hundreds of millions of
dollars in repairs and upgrades along PTH 59 including immediately undertaking
design work on the PTH 59 and PTH 101 interchange, major paving projects and
bridge rehabilitation.

May 28, 2014, Winnipeg, Man. – Manitoba Premier Greg
Selinger has announced that the government will invest hundreds of millions of
dollars in repairs and upgrades along PTH 59 including immediately undertaking
design work on the PTH 59 and PTH 101 interchange, major paving projects and
bridge rehabilitation.

 

"PTH 59 is a heavily travelled north-south tourist and
trade route, and these road investments will improve the ride for heavy trucks
and commuters," Premier Selinger said. 
"The new projects include bridge replacements and paving of this
roadway to Birds Hill and the east side beach communities of Lake
Winnipeg."

 

Approximately $160 million was initially budgeted for PTH 59
work over the next five years, but even more will be allocated to PTH 59 with
the completion of the PTH 59/PTH 101 interchange in the five-year period, the
premier said.  The project will see
design and tendering take place over this year, with planned construction
beginning in the fall of 2015 and completed over a three-year period, he said,
adding the size of the interchange project is similar to CentrePort Canada Way
and will be constructed along much the same timelines.

 

Additional work on PTH 59 this year includes:

 

* paving 23 km of bituminous pavement from the south
junction of PTH 12 (north of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation) to PTH 11;

 

* microsurfacing six km north of PR 305;

 

* microsurfacing six km near St. Malo;

 

* laying nine km of chip seal from PTH 11 to Victoria Beach;
and

 

* working on 23 km of road shoulders from Rat River to PTH
52.

 
 

The premier said in addition, the following two projects are
planned in future years on PTH 59:

 

* providing structure rehabilitation at the Red River
Floodway, near Birds Hill; and

 

* providing 22 km of grade widening, base and bituminous
pavement from PR 317 to the south junction of PTH 12.

 

The premier noted an active transportation overpass at the
northeast Perimeter Highway and Raleigh Street/Gateway Road will also be built
in conjunction with structures at the northeast Perimeter Highway and PTH 59 interchange,
in order to connect the northeast Pioneers Greenway with the Duff Roblin
Parkway Trail and Birds Hill Park.

 

The projects are part of the Manitoba government's
$5.5-billion Five-year Plan to Build a Stronger Manitoba.  The premier said funds raised from the
one-cent-on-the-dollar increase in the PST will be dedicated to new investments
in core infrastructure including:

 

* investing more than $3.7 billion in Manitoba roads,
highways and bridges to better connect communities and strengthen trade corridors;

 

* investing $320 million flood in protection around the
province to better protect more communities from flooding; and

 

* investing more than $1.5 billion in municipal roads, clean
water and other municipal infrastructure to help meet the needs of Manitoba's
many growing communities.