Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the completion of a new four-lane expressway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that will connect CentrePort Canada, Manitoba’s inland port, to the core national highway system. This new expressway will be known as CentrePort Canada Way. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and Diane Gray, President and CEO of CentrePort Canada.
“Our Government is committed to providing Canada’s cities with the infrastructure they need to flourish,” said Prime Minister Harper.
“I am pleased to be here today to celebrate the completion of CentrePort Canada Way. This new expressway will increase commercial flows through Winnipeg and the region, and will enable the city to take advantage of the government’s unprecedented efforts to expand Canada’s access to new global markets.”
The CentrePort Canada Way project consists of a new 9.1 km four-lane divided roadway and associated structures and interchanges. Construction began in the spring of 2010, and the expressway officially opens to traffic today.
The new expressway will provide better, more efficient flows between CentrePort Canada and nearby assets – such as three class I rail carriers, an international trucking hub, and Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport – as well as with the rest of the country and world.
CentrePort Canada, Manitoba’s inland port, is a tri-modal transportation hub with businesses that focus on importing and exporting goods from Asia and Europe, and distributing those goods throughout North America by air, rail and road. The opening of this expressway will also help Canadian businesses in the region benefit from the unprecedented market access our Government is creating, including to the European Union, Asia and the United States.