People who drive near the west of Portage have been dealing with construction for quite some time. That construction is finally coming to an end.

Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure recently reported that construction in that area of the Trans-Canada Highway and Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 1A at the interchange has progressed to the point of allowing a phased reopening of all traffic lanes.

The new overpass and PTH 1A are now open to traffic, however, single-lane closures do remain on pieces of the Trans-Canada in both the eastbound and westbound directions. This will continue until the remaining on-highway work can be completed and that work is anticipated to be completed by Nov. 14. At this point, the highway is expected to be fully opened to traffic in both directions with no lane closures

Motorists are still being asked to observe signage and use caution while traveling through the construction zone and reduced speed limits are still in effect.

Mayor Shariyln Knox is obviously quite excited the project is almost done.

"We're completely thrilled. I've been in Portage for over 12 years and it has always been an issue. We as a city and council are so thrilled that the province finally got this job done. We want people to have easy access to all of our businesses and stores and the people they are visiting in our community"

MTI advises the project’s completion including cleanup activities will continue next spring after the winter shutdown and should be complete in summer 2024.

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