The portion of PTH 83 north of Russell that was closed in July because of a landslide can now be rebuilt as engineers have determined the ground appears to have stabilized, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.
"Truckers, farmers and motorists who have been required to take the detour around this washed-out highway will soon be able to return to their accustomed routes," Ashton said. "They will be able to get to their destinations faster and more efficiently and travel will return to normal for area residents."
As reported earlier this week in the Brandon Sun, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation crews have carefully monitored the damaged highway and surrounding land.
Ground movement over the past several months has been minimal so crews will soon be able to continue the rebuilding of this portion of PTH 83 that was torn apart by the July landslide, said Ashton.
The reconstructed portion of the road, less than a kilometre in length, will initially be a two-lane, gravel surface able to carry all traffic, including heavy trucks, over the winter.
It is anticipated the project will be tendered in the next few weeks and once work starts, the construction will take approximately a month.
Provincial experts will monitor the new portion of the roadway during the winter and next spring and a further engineering analysis will be used to determine the next steps in the rebuilding process, Ashton said.