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Manitoba trying to make dangerous highway a federal responsibility

WINNIPEG, Man. -- The Province of Manitoba is trying to pawn a deadly stretch of Hwy. 59 onto the feds in hopes of...


WINNIPEG, Man. — The Province of Manitoba is trying to pawn a deadly stretch of Hwy. 59 onto the feds in hopes of improving safety on the notorious stretch.

A team of MLAs and MPs from Manitoba say if the feds designate Hwy. 59 a national highway, it would qualify for federal funding for repairs and safety upgrades.

“Highway 59 has been probably the most dangerous highway in our region,” said Steinback MLA, Kelvin Goertzen. “Every couple of months you hear about an accident or a death, and we feel something needs to be done about it.”

Surface upgrading, shoulder repairs and future twinning would all be possibilities if the highway fell under the federal jurisdiction, the politicians say. They also say the highway qualifies for federal designation since it connects a capital city with an international port, says MP Vic Toews.


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