WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba Transport Minister, Ron Lemieux, says the province will aggressively enhance its transportation infrastructure this year.
The first major construction projects to be undertaken in the 2005 construction season have now been tendered.
“We have made a serious commitment to our transportation network in recognition of its central role in the economic growth and development of Manitoba’s communities,” said Lemieux. “We are meeting provincial needs for commerce and safety while maintaining our competitive edge as a central transportation hub for North America and the global markets beyond.”
Key projects include upgrading the northeast Perimeter Highway to four lanes from PTH 59 to PTH 1 East. More than $5 million will go towards the project and a $2.3 million bridge will span the CPR tracks. Paving is scheduled for next year.
Meanwhile, the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway from Virden west to the Saskatchewan border will continue, thanks to funding from the Strategic Highways Infrastructure Program (SHIP). In addition to expanding the TCH, about $3.4 million will be invested in existing intersections along the highway. Turning lanes and a divided median to separate traffic travelling in opposite directions are also on the agenda.
The $25 million three-year project to complete the expansion of PTH 59 to four lanes from Winnipeg to south of Iles des Chenes will also continue this year.
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