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Manitoba invests $200 million for highway upgrade


November 26, 2013
By Rock to Road

November 26, 2013, Winnipeg, Man. – The Manitoba government has
announced a $200-million, five-year plan to start rebuilding the southwest
quadrant of Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway.

November 26, 2013, Winnipeg, Man. – The Manitoba government has
announced a $200-million, five-year plan to start rebuilding the southwest
quadrant of Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway.

The investment will continue to improve the province's trade
connection to North America's core highway system at the same time as
supporting growth in southwest Winnipeg according to Premier Greg Selinger.

"The Perimeter has served Winnipeggers well the last 50
years and as our population and economy grows, we will take this highway to the
next level to make the most of Manitoba's central location, which gives us a
real edge in North American trade," said Premier Selinger. "The work
on the southwest Perimeter Highway is part of our overall plan to improve our
connection to the rest of the continent that includes flood proofing PTH 75 to
interstate standards, opening CentrePort Canada Way and constructing a bypass
at Headingley."

The premier said upgrades on the southwest Perimeter Highway
that link the primary truck routes of the Trans-Canada Highway and PTH 75 with
CentrePort will be prioritized over the next five years including:

  • reconstruction of the
    Perimeter Highway from the Trans-Canada Highway to Brady Road
  • a new interstate standard diamond interchange at PTH 3
    (McGillivray Boulevard)
  • engineering work to replace the remaining traffic signals
    with similar interstate standard diamond interchanges including a Kenaston
    Boulevard/Waverley Street interchange.

Transportation Minister Steve Ashton noted improvements to
the southwest Perimeter are part of a five-year plan that will see all of the
new revenue from the one-cent-on-the-dollar increase in the PST devoted to
building Manitoba's core infrastructure including roads and bridges, flood
protection and municipal infrastructure like sewer and water systems.