Manitobans should expect to see $213 million spent over the next five years on improving the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan boundary.
Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said today the work is intended to bring the national route up to U.S. interstate standards and includes fully paved shoulders, rumble strips, resurfacing, intersection improvements and four new bridges.
Ashton said Ottawa is expected to match provincial funding under the new Building Canada Fund.
He added projects to be completed by 2020 would not be possible without new revenue from the government’s raising of the PST by one point to eight per cent.
He also said when completed officials will determine whether it’s safe enough to raise the speed limit to 110 km/h from 100 km/h.
Projects, expected to begin this summer, include:
- 14.8 kilometres of paving of the westbound lanes including paving shoulders and adding rumble strips from east of the east junction of PTH 1A to PTH 13;
- 7 km of paving of the eastbound lanes including shoulders from 1.4 km west of PTH 16 to 7.1 km east of PTH 16;
- 27.4 km of microsurfacing from PR 351 to PTH 34 (microsurfacing is a pavement preservation technique that uses a thin asphalt mixture applied to an existing paved surface);
- 5 km of microsurfacing of the eastbound lanes from the east junction of PTH 10 to 5 km east of the east junction of PTH 10;
- 6.2 km of microsurfacing of the eastbound lanes from 0.1 km west of PR 270 to the west junction of PTH 10;
- 16.1 km of high-performance chip seals of the eastbound lanes from 13.2 km east of PTH 41 to PTH 83 with five two-km tests sites (chip seals are a pavement preservation treatment where oil and crushed gravel are applied to an existing pavement); and
- 21.9 km of paving of the westbound lanes from 1.6 km west of the east junction of PR 254 to PR 678 (King Street in Virden).
A map of Trans-Canada Highway projects is available here.