Detours and possible delays: highway construction season in the north

With the snow and ice finally gone, Northern Manitoba highways are being upgraded as part of the provincial government’s five-year, $5.5 billion infrastructure plan.

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation is spending $25 million on three highway improvement projects that began in May. These include grading on 10 kilometres of Provincial Road 373 from Jenpeg to Minago River by Smook Contractors Ltd., grading including base and surfacing on Highway 6 from Sasagiu Rapids to 25 kilometres north by Smook, and grading including base on Provincial Road 280 – voted Manitoba’s worst road in an online CAA Manitoba poll – from 105 kilometres east of Provincial Road 391 to 127 kilometres east of PR 391, a $12.5 million project being cost-shared by Manitoba Hydro and undertaken by Moncrief Construction Ltd.

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The PR 373 work will require a detour and is expected to be completed by the end of August if the weather cooperates. It has a total budget of $6 million. 

The Highway 6 project has a $6.5 million budget and is expected to be done by July, weather permitting.

Work on PR 280 – part of a multi-year project – is expected to be done by the end of fall with good weather and will require a detour.

Drivers are required to slow down to specific speed limits in construction zones under the Highway Traffic Act

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