Last month Bernadette Jordan, the federal government’s minister of rural economic development, was in Winnipeg for a press conference with Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler to announce funding for eight highway improvement projects in the province.
The two levels of government have pledged just under $300 million to improve approximately 350 kilometres of roadwork.
The projects will involve repaving sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and PTHs 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 16.
Additionally, intersections will be made safer by adding rumble strips and paving road shoulders at various locations.
New lanes will also be added along a six-kilometre stretch of PTH 6 to improve safety and along PTH 75 to improve connections to the American border.
“We’re proud to support projects that promote a higher quality of life and long-term economic prosperity for all Manitobans,” noted Jordan in a subsequent press release.
“We continue to focus our investment on improving Manitoba’s provincial highway network,” added Schuler. “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.”
Joey Dearborn, press secretary for the province’s Agriculture, Crown Services and Infrastructure departments, reports work is already underway on some of the projects. The goal, he reports, is to have all the work completed within five years.