September 15, 2003


Federal, Manitoba governments give $15.72 million to upgrade Trans Canada Highway

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba will contribute joint funding of $15.72 million for three highway construction projects along the Trans-Canada Highway 1 in Manitoba.

“These three projects to upgrade the Trans-Canada Highway reaffirm the federal and provincial governments’ commitment to invest in Manitoba’s highways,” said Minister Pagtakhan. “The allocation of resources towards the modernization of transportation infrastructure in the province is a positive step towards maintaining an excellent road system. ”

A 19-kilometre section of the Trans-Canada Highway 1 beginning at Provincial Highway 256 near Elkhorn and ending 1.2 km west of Provincial Highway 83 will be upgraded to four lanes, with intersection improvements at key locations. It is expected that these improvements will enhance safety for the public driving through Manitoba.

The second project will improve safety at the intersection of Highway 1 at Coverall/Husky, located west of Winnipeg. The project involves upgrading the intersection to meet current standards and will include the provision of turning lanes, a raised median to separate opposing lanes of traffic and the installation of, and adjustments to, traffic signals, lighting and signs. It is expected that these improvements will increase safety at this intersection.

At the intersection of Highway 1 at the John Blumberg Sports Complex, work will be done to provide turning lanes and install a raised median to separate traffic travelling in opposite directions. In addition, an existing culvert will be replaced along with the installation of and adjustments to traffic signals, lighting and signs.

Under the SHIP agreement, the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba are providing joint funding of $40.4 million until March 2006 for highway improvement projects in the province. The Canada/Manitoba SHIP agreement, signed January 24, 2002 is part of the national $600 million SHIP program announced by Mr. Collenette in April 2001.

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