The Manitoba government is pumping more than $35 million into improving Highway 12.

"This highway is a heavily-travelled north-south tourist and trade route and these road investments will improve the ride for heavy trucks and commuters," Premier Greg Selinger stated in a news release about the investment.

"The new projects include bridge replacements and paving and resurfacing of this roadway, which is a direct link to the Trans-Canada Highway, the national highway system and CentrePort Canada."

The work includes:

  • Rehabilitating the Seine River Diversion bridge, just south of Ste. Anne.
  • Paving the northbound and southbound lanes of the six-kilometre stretch from the Trans-Canada Highway to the Seine River Diversion.
  • Improving the intersection at PR 311 near Blumenort.
  • Paving seven kilometres from south of Highway 52 to Park Road in Steinbach.
  • Grrading shoulders for 23.5 km south of Steinbach.
  • Microsurfacing of 22 km north of Piney.
  • Rehabilitating structures at east and west Pine Creek, east of Piney, as well as structures at Mud Creek and Sprague Creek, south of Sprague.

A number of projects are also happening along the highway where it goes through the city of Steinbach, including:

  • Improving the intersection at Park Road.
  • Creating a southbound left-turn lane and improving drainage at Madison Drive.
  • Improving the intersection at Millwork Drive.
  • Installing signals at the intersection of Acres Drive and Penfeld Drive.

Construction will proceed in stages over the next three years, starting this summer with the Park Avenue intersection work, the province said.