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Road work for Canada’s inland port begins

Posted: August 1, 2014

WINNIPEG — Construction is underway to improve road conditions around CentrePort Canada, the 20,000-acre inland port in Winnipeg.

The work includes the start of the first stage of development for the four-lane divided expressway known as CentrePort Canada Way and upgrades to Highway 75.

These improvements are designed provide better, more efficient highway access to CentrePort Canada and nearby assets including Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and the Canadian Pacific Weston Rail intermodal facility, and ensure that trade moves more effectively across Canada and into the Asia Pacific Gateway, as well as south through the Emerson border crossing, and into the United States and Mexico.

Federal minister of public safety, Vic Toews, said investments in Manitoba’s transportation infrastructure will help boost capacity and improve the efficiency of trade to the east and west, to the American market, and to the rest of the world.

Manitoba premier Greg Selinger said CentrePort Canada will provide a competitive advantage and help make Manitoba a location of choice for industries and manufacturers looking for new and innovative ways to get their goods to world markets.

CentrePort Canada is developing 20,000 acres in the northwest corner of Winnipeg into a thriving logistics hub, which includes the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and a modern network of highways and railways that connect to national and international trade gateways and corridors serving Asia, Europe and North America.

These projects are part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), a network of transportation infrastructure, including British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and Prince Rupert ports, their principal road and rail connections stretching across Western Canada and south to the United States, key border crossings and major Canadian airports.

Since the initiative’s announcement in 2006, the Government of Canada has partnered with Manitoba and other Western provinces, municipalities and the private sector to announce strategic infrastructure projects worth more than $2.8 billion, including federal contributions of over $1 billion. 

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