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Manitoba Spending $50M to Repair Flood-Damaged Roads

April 18, 2012 12:05 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Highway 75 in Morris will be one of several roads to be repaired. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

The province is spending $50 million to repair and reconstruct infrastructure in Manitoba as a result of the 2011 flood.

Premier Greg Selinger said Wednesday more than 80 bridges and 200 roads required repairs or complete reconstruction as a result of last year’s flood. Infrastructure funding was part of the 2012 budget, announced Tuesday in the Manitoba Legislature.

“We know that building and improving our roads and bridges is a priority for families and it’s essential to a strong and growing economy,” Selinger said. “That’s why, over the last several years, we’ve made record investments in our roads through our Highway Renewal Plan. But last year’s record flooding caused a lot of damage that needs repair.”

The province is renewing and building over 2,400 kilometres of road, repairing 20 bridges or overpasses, and constructing the first phase of the east side road network.

Selinger said the latest budget will pump $589 million into infrastructure.

A 2.5-cent gas tax increase announced Tuesday will help put two dollars into infrastructure for every dollar Manitobans spend, Selinger said.

See a complete list of highways and roads receiving repair (DOC, 86 KB).

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