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Trucking Association Calls for Highway 75 Upgrades

April 19, 2011 7:28 AM | News

With the closure of Highway 75 at Morris Monday afternoon, the Manitoba Trucking Association renewed their call for a permanent solution to flood closures along the busy route to the U.S.

The highway was closed in 2009 for 35 days, costing the trucking industry $1.5 million between Canada and the United States.

“With over 1,100 trucks per day travelling both ways on Highway 75, its (sic) imperative now more than ever that we have a permanent solution to the yearly flooding question,” said MTA executive director Bob Dolyniuk.

“The detour facing drivers each year adds fuel costs, labour costs and other unnecessary burdens,” Dolyniuk added.

During a news conference Monday, flood officials couldn’t say how long Highway 75 could be closed this season, but it did close later than it normally does each year.