WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is committing almost $70 million for upgrades to Provincial Road (PR) 227.
Approximately $60 million will upgrade 72 kilometres of PR 227 between Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 16 and PTH 6 so the entire route has a paved surface. The multi-year projects in the rural municipalities of Portage la Prairie and Woodlands are expected to be completed within the next five years, a government release stated.
Nearly $10 million will also be invested in the three bridge projects along the route.
“These upgrades to PR 227 are part of our government’s Trade and Commerce Grid initiative,” said
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk in the release.
“An expanded grid of highways that can accommodate heavy commercial loading will attract new industrial activity, reduce transportation costs and optimize supply chain efficiency, which will benefit all Manitobans.”
The Manitoba government introduced a strategy to improve Manitoba’s highway network in Budget 2022. The three-year plan invests over $1.5 billion and annually provides a minimum commitment of $500 million in highway capital.