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Roadside amphitheatre not music to residents’ ears

MUNICIPALITY OF ALEXANDER, Man. -- Concert goers and heavy truck traffic don't mix.


MUNICIPALITY OF ALEXANDER, Man. — Concert goers and heavy truck traffic don’t mix.

At least that’s the opinion of hundreds of residents of this Manitoba municipality who gathered to voice their concerns about the location of a new amphitheatre.

The 20,000 seat amphitheatre and 6,000 site campground are slated for construction alongside Hwy. 59, just south of the Grand Beach turnoff – a stretch of highway that sees heavy traffic, especially in the summer.

As a result, concerned residents are calling for the twinning of Hwy. 59 before the project goes ahead.

“Don’t kill somebody first, because then it’s too late,” Patricia Kraft of Traverse Bay pleaded at the meeting. “Let’s get it all done the right way, first.”

Project backers insist traffic can be handled safely, and they claim a tunnel will be built to allow southbound traffic to merge without having to cross the highway.


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