The province is doubling the length of CentrePort Canada Way to extend the four-lane expressway from the Trans-Canada Highway to Highway 26 near St. François Xavier.
The 9.1-kilometre roadway opened in November 2013 to provide the transport industry with better access to rail carriers, an international hub and James Richardson International Airport.
To ease the bottleneck, which is Headingley to Winnipeg city limits, the CentrePort expansion will include a bypass to better handle traffic volumes moving to and from the west.
“The new Headingley bypass will connect to CentrePort Canada Way and help us continue to develop Manitoba’s inland port,” said Diane Gray, president and CEO of CentrePort Canada. “Better infrastructure means more efficient connections for trucks moving cargo, it will help open up new lands for industrial development and will support the creation of a common-use rail facility at CentrePort, our next major project.”
The project is estimated to cost more than $150 million and public consultations will be held on route selection. The parcel of land included in the expansion is currently a rifle range owned by the Department of National Defence, which the province is in the process of obtaining.
Preliminary engineering work is complete and construction is expected to begin in 2017.