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Winter winds down in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, Man. -- The majority of Manitoba's winter road system closed for the season over the weekend and is expec...

WINNIPEG, Man. — The majority of Manitoba’s winter road system closed for the season over the weekend and is expected to be completely closed by tomorrow, announced Ron Lemieux, Minister of Transportation and Government Services.

“Our partnership with the various First Nation communities helped to ensure a safe and successful season that saw construction commences as soon as the weather permitted safe access to the routes,” said Lemieux. “The relocation of winter roads to land-based routes under our Northern Development Strategy has proven to be a far-sighted and effective strategy in dealing with weather problems.”

Since 1999, more than 25 per cent of winter roads have been realigned to land-based routes wherever possible to increase safety, reduce environmental risks and prepare for future road development.

The winter road system serves approximately 38,000 Manitobans in 28 communities not served by permanent roads.

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