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Manitoba invests extra $33M in climate projects, flood proofing Highway 75

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks during a provincial COVID-19 update at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg Monday, March 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

WINNIPEG (CITYNEWS) – The Manitoba government is pledging an additional $33 million to damage prevention and climate resiliency projects, Premier Brian Pallister announced Wednesday.

It’s a continuation of climate projects already announced in November 2019.

Nearly half of the additional money – $16 million – will go to create flood-proof detours on the highway between Winnipeg and the United States border. The detours will provide Manitobans with alternate routes when sections of Highway 75 (PTH 75) are closed due to flooding.

Parts of that highway are forced to close once every four years, said the premier.

“Creating a safe, flood-proof route as an alternative to PTH 75 means Manitoba can stay open for business in times of high water and keep goods moving from the United States,” said Pallister in a release. “The continued flow of commercial traffic along the north-south corridor is critical to Manitoba’s economy.

“By making careful, financially responsible decisions, we can ensure these goods continue to make their way to market.”

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Manitoba is also investing in six “shovel-ready” projects to improve the province’s climate resiliency, including a berm construction in St. Pierre-Jolys and a drainage upgrade project in downtown Altona.

“The province is funding 100 per cent of these projects to help support the long-term sustainability of our communities and it is an additional way we are helping municipal governments weather the storm from the pandemic,” Pallister said.

The Manitoba premier said more projects will be announced in the next few months.