$39.2 Million in Highway Upgrades for Swan River Area

Province of Manitoba Media Release |

A $56-million highway upgrade that includes significant resurfacing and repaving to new national highway standards, as well as a new bridge, will make PTH 10 safer and ease congestion from Riding Mountain National Park north to Swan River, Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers announced.

The minister made the announcements following a roundtable meeting with leaders from the Parkland region that will help the government develop a multi-year plan to build infrastructure that will support and grow the provincial economy.

“Our government is listening to rural leaders about how we build support strong rural economies that create good jobs for our kids in their homes communities,” said Minister Struthers. “Highway 10 is the Parkland’s main route for getting our agriculture products to market. Upgrades to this highway are part of a five-year plan for building Manitoba’s core infrastructure including roads and bridges, flood protection and municipal infrastructure like sewer and water systems. These would not have been possible without the new revenue from the one-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax increase.”

Representatives at today’s first meeting included those from the Town and RM of Swan River, the RM of Mountain, the villages of Bowsman and Benito, the RM and Town of Minitonas, the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Pacific and Spruce Products.

Today’s second meeting will include representatives from the City and RM of Dauphin, Parkland Agricultural Resource Co-op, Dauphin Chamber of Commerce, Dauphin Economic Development, Norwex Canada and Richardson Pioneer.

“We’re bringing together Manitoba businesses, municipalities and workers’ associations to identify our strategic economic infrastructure priorities and get down to building. It can’t happen unless we work together,” Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn said at the meeting today. “This type of infrastructure is the backbone of our economy. A multi-year commitment to keep building will mean steady growth in our economy and good jobs for families.”

Minister Struthers said the five-year projects for PTH 10 north of Riding Mountain National Park include:

* Swan River area five-year projects – total $39.2 million

PTH 10 – paving of 13.3 km from PTH 20 to 13.1 km east of the south junction of PR 268,
$11 million;

PTH 10 – grading of 15.1 km from 13.1 km east of the south junction of PR 268 to 0.4 km west of the Louisiana Pacific access, $1 million;*

PTH 10 – paving of 15.1 km from 13.1 km east of the south junction of PR 268 to 0.4 km west of the Louisiana Pacific access, $11.5 million;

PTH 10 – base and paving of 13.6 km from 0.4 km west of the Louisiana Pacific access to
0.8 km east of PR 488, $8.3 million;* and

PTH 10 – grade, base and paving of 4.8 km east of PR 488 to 1.2 km east of PTH 10A, east of Swan River, $7.4 million.

* Dauphin area five-year projects – total $16.43 million

PTH 10 – high-performance chip sealing of 6.6 km from Riding Mountain National Park to
PTH 5, $230,000;*

PTH 10 – bridge replacement at Drifting River, 4.8 km south of PR 267, north of Ashville,
$6.2 million;* and

PTH 10 – paving of 24.5 km from the north junction of PTH 5 to PR 267, $10 million.
(Note: * represents project starting in 2014-15.)

He noted the upgrades announced today are in addition to $21 million in recently completed and ongoing upgrades on this stretch of PTH 10.