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February 11, 2019

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES MANITOBA'S WINTER ROAD SYSTEM NOW OPEN

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Twenty-two Manitoba Communities Rely on Winter Roads: Schuler

All northern communities now have access to Manitoba’s winter road system, allowing for the delivery of supplies, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Winter roads not only facilitate the hauling of freight to northern and remote communities, but also provide the residents with temporary inter-community travel as well as road access to the rest of the province,” said Schuler.  “Our government will spend $4.5 million providing the 22 northern Manitoba communities access to supplies and inter-community travel.”

All 22 communities that rely on winter roads now have full access to the 2,400-kilometre network, said Schuler.

In a typical season, more than 2,500 shipments are delivered to a large number of isolated northern communities from mid-January to mid-March.  The system also provides road access for area residents.

Some sections of the winter road system may be closed for repairs on short notice, due to changing weather conditions.  The overall budget to open and maintain Manitoba’s winter roads is shared between the provincial and federal governments.

Review safety tips for driving on winter roads at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/winter/pdf/wintersafety.pdf.  For information on road conditions or highway safety, visit www.manitoba511.ca, call 511 or follow the Twitter account for road closures at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads.  .  A Manitoba 511 app is now available for download from the Manitoba residents’ portal at https://residents.gov.mb.ca/apps/511.html.

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