PHOTO COURTESY PARKS CANADA
Construction within “Km 49” along Highway 10 in Riding Mountain National Park involved realigning that section of the highway and has now been completed. This photos was taken Oct. 25.
After three months of hard work, "Km 49" on Highway 10 through Riding Mountain National Park is officially open to motorists.
Construction within “Km 49” along Highway 10 in Riding Mountain National Park involved realigning that section of the highway and has now been completed. This photo was taken July 30. (PHOTO COURTESY PARKS CANADA)
Travellers and visitors will experience safer conditions and scenic vistas resulting from the realignment of the one-kilometre stretch of the highway near the park’s north boundary.
"This upgrade is important for the safety of the residents and economic vitality of communities on both sides of the park that Highway 10 connects," said Robert Sopuck, member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.
"I also want to thank the construction workers that have worked hard to complete this project in time for winter."
The federal government committed a total of $5.7 million in flood funding to assist in repairing damaged infrastructure throughout the park.
Km 49 experienced severe erosion and cracking, which caused a 200metre section of pavement to drop more than a foot in 2011.
A number of options were considered for its repair; however, after completing the geotechnical investigations, the decision was made to realign the road, based on safety, environmental factors, and road longevity.
Although the paving is complete and the highway is open to motorists, Mother Nature has not been as co-operative as she was last year and the weather has halted any further work at Km 49, leaving a considerable amount of finishing work to be done.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 15, 2012