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Manitoba Liberals Say They Would Stop Highway Bypass Project

March 21, 2016 1:07 PM | The Canadian Press


By The Canadian Press

Rana Bokhari

Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberals say a major highway project won’t go ahead if they win next month’s provincial election.

Leader Rana Bokhari says a planned $400-million bypass around St. Norbert at the south end of Winnipeg is not a priority, and the money should be redirected to fixing existing roads.

The NDP government recently announced the bypass as a way to ease traffic congestion and allow trucks coming from the United States a smoother, faster route into the city.

Bokhari says it’s more important to repair and improve current roads.

The Liberals estimate the bypass money could instead repair 270 kilometres of streets in Winnipeg.

The party is also promising to double the $50 million spent last year on back lanes, bridges and other road works in Winnipeg.

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