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Manitoba investing in municipal roads


September 11, 2014
By Government of Manitoba

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September 11, 2014, Brandon, Man. – The Manitoba government
is partnering with municipalities in the southwest area to invest more than $1.9
million for municipal roads, keeping communities linked, and ensuring safe and
smooth travel for local families, commercial vehicles and tourists.

September 11, 2014, Brandon, Man. – The Manitoba government
is partnering with municipalities in the southwest area to invest more than $1.9
million for municipal roads, keeping communities linked, and ensuring safe and
smooth travel for local families, commercial vehicles and tourists.

 

"The southwest area of our province contains many
important high traffic roadways that have now reached their best-before date
and are in need of upgrades," said Premier Greg Selinger.  "Fifty-three communities have identified
96 projects that will help them benefit from the economic growth and good jobs
that come with these projects."

 

Developed and delivered in partnership with the Association
of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), these projects are funded through the
Municipal Road Improvement Program.  It
will provide a total of $50 million over five years to repair and renew
municipal roads across the province, the premier said.

 

"The funding being announced today is important because
it will not only help tackle the municipal infrastructure deficit, it will have
a direct impact on the lives of citizens throughout southwestern
Manitoba," said Doug Dobrowolski, president, AMM.  "The AMM is pleased to be part of the
selection process, especially since these dollars are over what municipalities
currently receive, allowing municipal governments to plan ahead and begin
working on important infrastructure projects right away."

 

Funding is being provided to replace or repair 96 kilometres
of municipal roads in the southwest. Premier Selinger said, adding the City of
Brandon is receiving $300,000 toward a project to extend Pacific Avenue next
year.

 

"The extension of Pacific Avenue from 18th Street
through to 26th Street will be a welcome traffic improvement for residents of
Brandon that have often found themselves waiting for trains at 26th Street or
going the long way around due to the landlocked nature of their location right
next door to the Assiniboine River," Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, City of
Brandon.  "This construction is long
overdue and we are pleased to receive provincial funding to aid in its
completion."

 

"Manitoba's roads and highways are the fundamental
social and economic links between families and communities," said Premier
Selinger.  "The families that live
here, the businesses and services that provide jobs and keep communities
viable, and the travellers who keep commerce moving all rely on well-maintained
roads.  An investment in roads is an
investment in the economic future of our province."