WINNIPEG, Man. -- The Manitoba Trucking Association has called the recent renewal of Highway 75 through Morris – which included intersection improvements, new lighting and sidewalks, and enhanced drainage – “a good starting point,” but hastened to add that investment in the roadway “has to be more than cosmetic.”
“That route still requires significant improvement in order to prevent its regular closure and near-closure (and resulting detours) due to flooding. These closures and detours costs our industry with its added miles and longer transit times; however, it is ultimately the consumer who pays those additional costs,” said MTA executive director Bob Dolyniuk. “The sooner that trade route remains open year-round, the better it will be for everyone.”
The MTA estimates that the additional costs associated with the closure of Highway 75 due to flooding are at least $1.5 million dollars per week the highway is closed.