Premier Greg Selinger used his state of the province address today to announce another road-improvement project.
Selinger, speaking at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre, said the province will spend $110 million on the Trans-Canada Highway east from Winnipeg to the Ontario boundary.
Selinger said the highway will be renamed in memory of Terry Fox.
The highway improvement project is the latest in what’s been about $1-billion worth of spending on highways, including Highway 75, the Perimeter Highway and Highway 6 to Thompson.
The highway projects are be part of the five-year plan announced in last month’s throne speech which the government says will see all of the new revenue from the one-cent-on-the-dollar increase in the PST devoted to building Manitoba's infrastructure.
Opposition Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister said today’s highway announcement is only another example of a government that believes it can justify the PST hike by telling Manitobans it will only use the money on infrastructure.
The province said the Trans-Canada improvements include:
- intersection improvements at PTH 206;
- intersection improvements at PTH 207 (Deacon's Corner);
- 32 kilometres of grade widening on the eastbound lanes from Brokenhead River to the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway;
- 32 km of paving on the eastbound lanes from Brokenhead River to PTH 11;
- 30 km of paving from 0.5 km west of PTH 12 to PR 302;
- 21.3 km of paving on the westbound lanes from PTH 11 to PR 308;
- bridge rehabilitation at Birch River, east of Prawda;
- new bridge at Fish Creek, 6.7 km west of PTH 12;
- bridge rehabilitation at Hamilton Creek;
- new structure at the inter-municipal drain, 1.3 km west of PTH 12; and
- structure rehabilitation at Whitemouth River, west of Prawda.