WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba’s 2,200-kilometre winter road system is now open to commercial trucks and other vehicles, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.
“Each year these winter roads allow commercial trucks to bring about 2,500 shipments of needed staples, like food and fuel, to a large number of northern communities while at the same time providing road access for area residents,” said Lemieux. “Colder temperatures allowed construction crews to make good progress, and the weather has resulted in ice thick enough to support the large trucks. However, some routes have weight restrictions for the time being.”
This year, the winter road system opened about one week ahead of last year according to the Ministry, which also warns that some sections may have to be closed for repairs on short notice, due to changing weather conditions or performance of ongoing maintenance.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, in partnership with the federal government, indicates that it has made a number of improvements to the winter road network for the 2009 season, including completion of a new bridge, and other road improvements at Gods Lake Narrows. The cost of the entire structure, including installation work, was $7 million.
The latest information on the winter road system, provincial road conditions, and related safety information can be obtained at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/roadinfo/ or toll-free at 1-877-MBRoads.
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