February 13, 2019
MAJOR HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS TO BRING SAFER, MORE EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION TO MANITOBA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
Today, the Minister of Rural Economic Development Bernadette Jordan and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced funding for eight highway improvement projects in Manitoba.
A combined total of approximately 350 kilometres of road will be improved through these projects. Work involves repaving sections of the Trans-Canada Highway, PTHs 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 16. Additionally, intersections will be safer by adding rumble strips, and paving road shoulders at various locations. New lanes will also be added along a six-km stretch of PTH 6 to improve safety, and along PTH 75 to improve connections to U.S. border facilities.
Trade is an important part of Manitoba’s diversified economy and improvements to highway infrastructure are essential to ensuring market access and competitiveness. Once complete, these vital upgrades will help keep Manitoban drivers safe, improve traffic flow and boost trade to support economic growth for years to come.
The Government of Canada is contributing $143,967,500 to these projects through the New Building Canada Fund while the Province of Manitoba is providing $147,442,500.
“This extensive work to create safer, more fluid travel on Manitoba’s highway network will help local businesses compete, allow residents to spend less time on the road, and make it easier for tourists to explore this beautiful region. We’re proud to support projects that promote a higher quality of life and long-term economic prosperity for all Manitobans.” — Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“Our investment in these highway projects re-enforce the Province of Manitoba’s commitment to support economic growth and will have a positive impact on Manitoba’s economy for years to come. We continue to focus our investment on improving Manitoba’s provincial highway network, ensuring Manitobans see their money at work each and every day. These critical investments provide Manitobans with the tools needed to strengthen access in and out of surrounding communities, ensuring residents have a safe and healthy place to live, work and raise a family. ” — Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments in Manitoba: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/mb-eng.html
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
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