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Province commits $225 million to northern roads

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The province outlined its five-year plan today to spend $225 million to fix the main route to Manitoba’s north.

Premier Greg Selinger and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said upgrades to Hwy. 6 will include bridge replacements, intersection improvements, curve realignments, and design work for new passing lanes. They also announced plans to surface all of Provincial Roads 373 and 374, which will be access points to the east side road network currently under construction.

"Upgrading PTH 6 to national highway standards is the next step to improve our strategic trade routes for people and goods from Winnipeg through the Interlake and to the north," Selinger said.

Work to the southern section Hwy. 6 includes paving 28.4 kilometres of asphalt from Grosse Isle (PR 322) to PR 248 including curve realignment of the road in vicinity of Woodlands, improving intersections in the vicinity of Lake Francis and improving intersections at the Ashern Auction Mart Road.

Planned upgrades to the northern section of Hwy. 6 include paving 31 km of asphalt from Devils Lake to 31 km north of Devils Lake; paving 10.5 km of asphalt from 49 km north of Devils Lake to 59.5 km north of Devils Lake and paving 28.4 km of asphalt from the Wabowden access to Sasagiu Rapids.

Selinger said the surfacing of Provincial Roads 373 and 374 will improve trade and travel to Cross Lake and Norway House

"These upgrades are an important step toward connecting east side communities to the rest of the province," he said.

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