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Daly Overpass expansion noted in five-year provincial plan

The Daly Overpass was officially opened on Oct. 16, 1963. Its three lanes are now a source of frustration for Brandon drivers on four-lane 18th Street.

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The Daly Overpass was officially opened on Oct. 16, 1963. Its three lanes are now a source of frustration for Brandon drivers on four-lane 18th Street.

An update of the province's five-year inrastructure plan specifically names the expansion of Brandon's Daly Overpass to four lanes.

However, the plan includes no details about how much of the cost of the project is expected to be paid for by the city or the federal government, or when exactly construction would take place.

The overpass, a notorious chokepoint on 18th Street which is currently just three lanes as it passes over the CP railway, has been identified as a priority for years.

It's just one of the Brandon- and Westman-area projects included in the province's $5.5-billion infrastructure plan, unveiled today.

The province also pledged to invest a total of $265 million in Highway 10, including new passing lanes, pavement and curve realignments, as well as a total of $320 million in the Trans-Canada Highway.

About $100 million will be invested in Highway 16 as well, which the province said will improve driving conditions on 100 km of the road. Some of that will be to add passing lanes.

Other specific infrastructure investments noted by the province in the plan include further upgrades at the Shellmouth Dam near Russell, which provides flood protection downstream on the Assiniboine River, and continued dike work in Brandon to raise them to a 1-in-300-year flood level. The province also said it would pitch in to improve flood-proofing around pump systems, so that wastewater and drainage systems would continue functioning during floods.

The full plan is available online at http://www.gov.mb.ca/mit/pdf/five-yr-plan.pdf

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