Upgraded Highway Will Offer Safer Improved Traffic Flow for Truckers, Motorists: Ashton
Repairs and upgrades to portions of PTH 75, including in the town of Morris and at the Emerson/Pembina international border crossing, will improve safety and traffic flow, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.
“These upgrades will make travelling on one of the province’s most important routes to United States faster and safer,” said Ashton. “We have invested nearly $2.28 billion as part of our commitment to invest $4 billion over 10 years and these projects are part of $589 million budgeted this year for improved roads and bridges, right across the province.”
In Morris, work began recently on upgrades to the northbound lanes. The project includes new concrete pavement, curbing, sidewalks, lighting, enhanced drainage, as well as lane improvements for trucks and other large vehicles. This is the final phase of a major road upgrade in the town of Morris as the southbound lanes were completed last year. If weather conditions are favourable, it is anticipated the project will be completed by this fall, the minister said.
As well, a hydraulic study in the Morris area has begun, led by KGS Group Consulting Engineers and will be completed approximately by the summer of 2013. This assessment of the Red River, including river flows near Morris, will help determine the impact of potential flood protection works in the area. Any future flood protection work will be determined, based on the study results, Ashton said.
Elsewhere, work on upgrades to the southbound lanes of PTH 75 on the Manitoba side of the Emerson/Pembina international border crossing will begin after the July long weekend. While the project involves only the southbound lanes of PTH 75, motorists are advised to expect some delays. The project is scheduled to begin July 3, lasting until approximately the end of September, said Ashton.
The project includes construction of a dedicated, southbound commercial truck lane and the addition of concrete medians, traffic signals and new lighting at the Emerson/Pembina crossing. To help reduce traffic congestion, no work is planned on weekends.
In addition, there will be concrete repairs on PTH 75, from Letellier to Emerson, starting soon. The work includes repairs to the joints and surface planing of the roadway. Traffic will be down to one lane during the repairs and speeds will be reduced to 80 km/h. The project is expected to be completed by fall, Ashton said.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution approaching and in any construction zone, for their own safety and the safety of workers. The latest information on lane closures and road conditions is available any time toll-free at 511, at www.mb511.ca or by following the new Twitter account @MBGovRoads.