Families, truckers and farmers will now benefit from safer roads and improved traffic flow along a section of Highway 10 as a result of upgrades funded by two levels of government.
Today, Premier Greg Selinger, and the Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), celebrated the completion of major upgrades on the highway just north of Brandon to the rivers exit.
"Manitoba families, businesses and agricultural producers count on our roads and highways to get around and to do business. That's why we've worked to improve Highway 10, to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely," Selinger said. "It's a priority for Manitobans and it's a part of our commitment to keep improving roads across the province."
"Our government is proud to invest in Highway 10, benefiting families, truckers and farmers using this essential commercial route between the Trans-Canada and Highway 25," Fletcher said. "Our investment has improved traffic flow, enhanced safety and created quality jobs for Manitobans. We will continue to focus on supporting job creation and economic growth in Manitoba."
The work on Highway 10, covering a distance over 15 kilometres, included construction of northbound and southbound passing lanes and repaving the entire roadway.
There were also safety improvements including:
• Enhancements at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway for safer merging.
• Intersection upgrades at the junction of PTH 10 and PTH 25.
• Three new service roads at various locations, improving overall access to the highway.
• New paved shoulders.
• Guardrails installed at four locations.
• Rumble strips placed along the paved shoulders.
The project used a new greener process during the paving stage. The old pavement was recycled into the new pavement on site, in a single operation. This reduced the amount of material required for the new pavement and lowered the cost of producing and hauling materials.
This year's work started in July and was completed on time. The $15-million project was cost shared between the governments of Canada and Manitoba, with the federal government contributing $3.8 million and the province contributing $11.2 million.
Federal funding comes from the Canada's Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, a $2.1-billion fund that supports projects that improve the flow of goods, trade and support economic growth.