Perime­ter high­way to go red-free

Prov­ince plans to re­move traf­fic lights

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - FRONT PAGE -

Man­i­toba Premier Greg Selinger has an­nounced a longterm plan to re­move red-light in­ter­sec­tions from the Perime­ter High­way around Win­nipeg.

Selinger said Tues­day work is to start with four in­ter­sec­tions south of the city where traf­fic lights will be re­moved and re­placed with free-flow­ing in­ter­changes.

“The abil­ity to put in­ter­changes on the Perime­ter High­way will al­low traf­fic to move all around that perime­ter with­out hav­ing to stop,” he said.

“That makes it more ef­fi­cient for ve­hi­cles, less fuel be­ing wasted, less green­house gas emis­sions.”

The changes should also help truck driv­ers get from the U.S. to the Cen­treport ship­ping ter­mi­nals with­out be­ing tied up in traf­fic or go­ing through the city core.

The work will cost be­tween $250 mil­lion and $800 mil­lion, de­pend­ing on the type of in­ter­change, and con­struc­tion will be well un­der­way by 2022, Selinger added.

It’s part of the gov­ern­ment’s plan an­nounced in Mon­day’s throne speech to boost spend­ing on in­fra­struc­ture and help the econ­omy. The an­nounce­ment comes five months be­fore a provin­cial elec­tion, with the NDP gov­ern­ment trail­ing in opin­ion polls.

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