September 8, 2003

New twinned section of Trans Canada Highway opens in Manitoba

Virden, Manitoba – A new, twinned section of the Trans-Canada Highway, near Virden, Manitoba was opened last week. The $12 million Highway 1 project was supported with $5 million from the federal government as a contribution through the Canada/Manitoba Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) and a previous federal and provincial highway program (Strategic Highway Improvement Program). It involved twinning approximately 12 kilometres of roadway, starting 1.2 kilometres west of Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 83 North, to Scallion Creek, near Virden. The project also included intersection improvements at the junction of PTH 83 and the Trans-Canada Highway, and installation of a new concrete box culvert at Scallion Creek. The Trans-Canada Highway is the main east-west corridor in Manitoba and is the primary route for commercial traffic across the province.

“It is very exciting to be able to open this new, twinned portion of the Trans-Canada Highway, which is a vital transport and tourism route and is part of the world’s longest stretch of paved highway,” said Minister Smith.

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

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