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Manitoba’s winter road network opened to trucks

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Manitoba's 2,200 km winter road system opened to commercial vehicles this week.

WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba’s 2,200 km winter road system opened to commercial vehicles this week.

“These winter roads provide a vital link for northern and remote communities,” said Transport Minister, Ron Lemieux. “Trucks bringing needed supplies to a large number of communities use these key winter routes which also provide residents with road access.”

The roads were late in opening because of mild temperatures through December, but the ice is now thick enough to support loaded tractor-trailers. Some sections of winter roads in the southern regions are limited to 26 tonnes.

The province has been expanding its winter road network and has installed two new bridges on the Rice River Road. Meanwhile, the province has shifted more than 600 km of road off the ice and onto hard land.

“We have made much progress in improving our transportation infrastructure in northern and remote communities including moving roads off the ice and the completion of the two new bridges on the east side of Lake Winnipeg,” said Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson. “These new bridges are an important step in the construction of an all-weather road on the east side that will provide improved access and reduced transportation costs for area residents.”

The roads are expected to be opened to full weights of 37.5 tonnes by next week. For updates, visit or call 877-MBRoads.

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