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WINNIPEG, Man. — It’s a case of better late than never for 29 remote Manitoba communities.

Their winter lifeline, the province’s winter road network, is now officially open according to Transportation Minister Steve Ashton. Usually running from January through until mid-March, the winter roads annually see between 1,000 to 2,000 loads of fuel, construction materials and other assorted freight hauled to the out-lying areas of the province.

Last year, warm conditions forced the winter routes to close in February with slush and unsafe conditions made the isolated roadways impassable. Officials aren’t anticipating any problems for the rest of this season.

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