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Road construction for Canada’s inland port begins


June 18, 2010
By Command News

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Road construction for Canada's inland port begins

June 18 marked the start of construction of
various road improvements around CentrePort Canada, the 20,000-acre
inland port in Winnipeg.

June 18, 2010, Winnipeg – Today marked the start of construction of various road improvements around CentrePort Canada, the 20,000-acre inland port in Winnipeg. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, on behalf of Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced these milestones today in Winnipeg. He was joined by the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, and Diane Gray, CEO of CentrePort Canada Inc.

"CentrePort Canada is one of the key initiatives supported by our government through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative to enhance the competitiveness of Canadian business," said Minister Toews. "Investments in Manitoba's transportation infrastructure will help boost capacity and improve the efficiency of trade to the east and west, to the American market, and to the rest of the world."

Today's construction milestones include the start of the first stage of development for the four-lane divided expressway known as CentrePort Canada Way and upgrades to Highway 75. These improvements will provide better, more efficient highway access to CentrePort Canada and nearby assets including Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and the Canadian Pacific Weston Rail intermodal facility, and ensure that trade moves more effectively across Canada and into the Asia Pacific Gateway, as well as south through the Emerson border crossing, and into the United States and Mexico.

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"These projects will make CentrePort Canada an attractive destination for international business and investment," added Minister Toews. "Projects that will create jobs, build trade and boost the economy. Benefits will not only be felt here in Winnipeg, but throughout Manitoba and Canada."

"The Manitoba government continues to support CentrePort Canada, which will provide a competitive advantage and help make our province the location of choice for industries and manufacturers looking for new and innovative ways to get their goods to world markets," said Premier Selinger. "We are also investing in infrastructure projects to create jobs now, strengthen our major trade and transportation connections and make our economy more productive and competitive."

Located in the heart of North America, Winnipeg plays an important role in both east-west and north-south trade. CentrePort Canada is developing 20,000 acres in the northwest corner of the city into a thriving logistics hub, which includes the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and a modern network of highways and railways that connect to national and international trade gateways and corridors serving Asia, Europe and North America.

"Today's infrastructure improvements are important examples of the public-sector leadership and support that has been essential to the continued development of CentrePortCanada," said Diane Gray. "These expressway improvements will increase CentrePort Canada's competitive advantage, while helping Winnipeg and Manitoba to further enhance their position as a North American trade and transportation hub."

These projects are part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), a network of transportation infrastructure, including British Columbia's Lower Mainland andPrince Rupert ports, their principal road and rail connections stretching across Western Canada and south to the United States, key border crossings and major Canadian airports. Since the initiative's announcement in 2006, the Government of Canada has partnered with Manitoba and other Western provinces, municipalities and the private sector to announce strategic infrastructure projects worth more than $2.8 billion, including federal contributions of over $1 billion.