Manitoba throne speech earmarks funding for infrastructure

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WINNIPEG, Man.–During the province of Manitoba’s most recent throne speech, the province was promised upgrades to their highway infrastructure.

The multi-year reconstruction of PTH 75 will help protect the vital trade route from flood-related closures. It also promises major upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway to Ontario, a new Trans-Canada Highway bypass around Headingley and major investments for the Perimeter Highway system.

“The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) has been advocating for a long time for additional improvements to Highway 75. When that route is shut down due to flooding the costs to our industry are significant” said Terry Shaw, General Manager of the MTA. “There is an estimated $19 billion in truck trade that crossed the border at Emerson last year making it the 5th largest trade crossing in Canada. Highway 75 is a critical conduit to the Emerson crossing so it is with great pleasure that we greet this announcement relating to these investments.”

“These upgrades mean a flood won’t stop us doing our job of connecting Manitoba wholesalers, manufacturers, contractors and other businesses to trade across the continent,” said Shaw.

“Projects which include improvements of the Trans-Canada Highway to Ontario, the Perimeter Highway system and construction of Trans-Canada Highway bypass at Headingley all contribute to enhancing the success of CentrePort Canada and of the trucking industry as a whole” said Shaw.

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