THOMPSON, MAN. — An injection of funding is coming to municipal transportation in Manitoba.
Officials announced that more than $76.6 million in joint federal-provincial funding will pay for 17 projects to improve municipal transportation infrastructure in the province.
The funding will go toward various projects such as road renewals and upgrades, bridge replacements, airport runway rehabilitation and flood prevention infrastructure.
In Thompson, $20 million in federal funding and $13.3 million in provincial funding will help renew approximately 20 kilometres of aging road infrastructure. Several other projects will see roads upgraded and resurfaced across the province, including in Portage la Prairie, Nelson House, Koostatak and Rhineland. A bridge in Virden and the bridge between Emerson-Franklin and Stuartburn will also be replaced.
The Erickson and Russell-Binscarth airports will receive funding to replace or resurface their runways and aprons. Flood prevention infrastructure projects in Springfield and Gilbert Plains will ensure that the communities remain safe and healthy during major flooding events and will help them adapt to the effects of climate change.
The Government of Canada is investing over $48.9 million in these 17 projects under the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. For projects requiring consultations with Indigenous groups, federal funding is conditional on consultation requirements being met. The Government of Manitoba is also contributing more than $27.7 million to these projects.