Arborg, Man. – Manitoba announced it will be reconstructing and surfacing 20-km of highway due to rapid growth in local industries.
Premier Brian Pallister explained that a 20-km section of PR 326 near Arborg will the target for improvements this summer.
“This roadway is seeing rapidly growing local industries including machine works companies, agriculture and other businesses,” Pallister said in a press release. “These highway upgrades will improve worker safety and help local businesses deliver their products to market and remain competitive here and around the world. It’s an investment to foster economic growth in the Interlake and ensure a smoother, safer ride for community members and visitors.”
The project will extend along 20 km of PR 326 from Arborg to 2.4 km east of PR 233. A tender for a portion of the north-south section of the highway is expected to be issued later this month, the premier said.
Funding for the project comes from a $45 million pot established in Budget 2019 for capital projects intended to celebrate the province’s 150th anniversary. The criteria for these anniversary projects include supporting trade, increasing tourism, increasing trade, facilitating drainage or smoothing ride quality on roads.
These projects are expected to be completed in 2020, the premier said, adding that all projects under this funding will be done through an open and competitive tendering process. Tendering information for the projects can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/contracts/index.html.