May 25, 2007

Federal government announces projects for Asia-Pacific Gateway in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The federal government has announced funding for projects in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. The government has committed over $1 billion to the four Western provinces for infrastructure improvements to advance the flow of goods to and from the West Coast en route to Asia.

In Winnipeg, funding will go toward upgrades to Inkster Blvd. between the Winnipeg Perimeter Highway and Oakpoint Highway, including twinning of 6.6 km of Inkster Blvd. to a four-lane divided highway, building an interchange at Sturgeon Road, constructing a new overpass at the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline, and making interchange improvements at the Northwest Perimeter Highway.

In Saskatoon, funding will support two freeway interchange projects at Lorne Avenue and Circle Drive, and at Idylwyld Freeway and Circle Drive. The projects will complement the proposed South River Crossing, which will provide a bypass link between the southeast and northwest parts of the city, and improve access to CN’s intermodal freight terminal.

Edmonton will see construction of a new interchange on Highway 2 and 41 Avenue, including a road/rail grade separation of the CPR tracks east of Highway 2, and improvements on arterial roads in the area. The interchange will facilitate the relocation of the CPR intermodal freight terminal from a residential area to a new site at the city’s southern limit.

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