Motorists using Highway #23 have been waiting for almost two years to see construction start on upgrading Highway #23 between Highway #10 and Highway #34.

The multi-million dollar project is expected to take a couple of years to complete.

Manitoba’s new Transportation Minister Doyle Piwniuk says he will do all he can to make sure work starts this spring. He’s quite familiar with Highway #23 because it’s in his constituency.

“It has been awarded to the contractors and now we just need to make sure the contractors get down to work.”

“I think we need more than one year at a time for the contractors. We need to make sure they now what’s happening two or three years down the road and that they have the manpower and equipment to get projects done on time.”

When asked if work would get started this year Piwniuk said he’d make sure something happens in 2022. “The contracts have been awarded and now it’s a matter of getting crews on site this spring and for the work to get started” said Piwniuk.