WINNIPEG, Man. — A combination of favourable weather and good drying conditions allowed the reopening of Hwy. 75 between Winnipeg and Emerson over the weekend.
“We thank the municipalities and residents for their patience during this flooding event and highways staff for their efficient work in reopening this important highway,” said Ron Lemieux, Minister of Transportation and Government Services. “The province is actively exploring options for a permanent solution to address the impacts of flooding on PTH 75 in the Morris area.”
Heavy rainfall in the early days of April closed down the road, which serves as the main travel route between Winnipeg and the U.S. Originally it was expected the portion of highway would be shut down for up to 10 days, but uncooperative weather had the stretch of highway closed for nearly three weeks.
As the water receded from the highway, transportation maintenance crews were on site immediately to inspect the highway and bridge and to clear debris. Safety precautions are still being implemented as crews continue to clean-up the area.
In vicinity of Morris a ramp remains in place at the Morris bridge, there is one-lane traffic for both south- and north-bound lanes, no over-width loads are allowed, speeds have been reduced and the affected area is signed and marked.
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