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November 26, 2013

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS GROWTH IN SOUTHWEST WINNIPEG, CONNECTS PRIMARY TRADE ROUTES WITH PERIMETER HIGHWAY UPGRADES



The Manitoba government will continue to improve the province’s trade connection to North America’s core highway system at the same time as supporting growth in southwest Winnipeg with a $200-million, five-year plan to start rebuilding the southwest quadrant of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway, Premier Greg Selinger and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.

“The Perimeter has served Winnipeggers well the last 50 years and as our population and economy grows, we will take this highway to the next level to make the most of Manitoba’s central location, which gives us a real edge in North American trade,” said Premier Selinger.  “The work on the southwest Perimeter Highway is part of our overall plan to improve our connection to the rest of the continent that includes flood proofing PTH 75 to interstate standards, opening CentrePort Canada Way and constructing a bypass at Headingley.”

The premier said upgrades on the southwest Perimeter Highway that link the primary truck routes of the Trans-Canada Highway and PTH 75 with CentrePort will be prioritized over the next five years including:

  • reconstruction of the Perimeter Highway from the Trans-Canada Highway to Brady Road;
  • a new interstate standard diamond interchange at PTH 3 (McGillivray Boulevard); and
  • engineering work to replace the remaining traffic signals with similar interstate standard diamond interchanges including a Kenaston Boulevard/Waverley Street interchange.

“These improvements will accommodate the increasing economic activity and truck traffic that come with the opening of CentrePort Canada Way,” said Minister Ashton.  “Our plan will create a high-speed, free-flowing roadway with safer, smoother traffic especially around southwest Winnipeg where housing and businesses are rapidly expanding.”

Open houses to be held next year will provide more details and an opportunity for public input on the projects.

The minister noted improvements to the southwest Perimeter are part of a five-year plan that will see all of the new revenue from the one-cent-on-the-dollar increase in the PST devoted to building Manitoba’s core infrastructure including roads and bridges, flood protection and municipal infrastructure like sewer and water systems.  

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED




Backgrounder
Perimeter Highway - https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2013/11/BG.pdf