Twenty years later the province is finally going to finish the interchange at Highway 59 and the north Perimeter Highway.
The project, announced by Premier Greg Selinger this morning, will take about five years and cost more than the $160 million already set aside for other improvements to Hwy. 59, including a new intersection at the Grand Beach turnoff currently underway.
Planning for the interchange at the north Perimeter is in its early stages, and could involve a cloverleaf-style intersection in which a twinned Perimeter Highway crosses over Hwy. 59.
Currently, depending on the direction of travel, traffic using both highways has to stop at one of two traffic lights.
When the north Perimeter Highway was built the original plan called for a full interchange, but the project ran out of funding.
It has since become the busiest intersection in the province outside the city because of increasing truck traffic and residential and commercial development. Hwy. 59 is also the only route to cottage country on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.