Manitoba highways continue to deteriorate

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STRATHCONA, Man. — Some major Manitoba highways may soon become impassable, according to Strathcona reeve John Chambers.

He points to Hwy. 23 as a prime example of the lack of attention the province’s highways are receiving. Chambers claims the pavement is breaking up, and Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) general manager, Bob Dolyniuk, agrees something has to be done.

“The problem is that not enough money is going into highways,” Dolyniuk told local media. “If we don’t invest in our highways, we’re going to be driving on gravel roads.”

Highways Minster, Steve Ashton, admits it’s a challenge to keep the province’s roads in good shape.

One of the major challenges is raising the necessary money, and he blames the Feds for that.

“It’s not that there’s not enough federal funding. There’s just nothing,” says Ashton, noting that fuel taxes collected by Ottawa from Manitoba motorists are not returned to the province.

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