WINNIPEG - The Province of Manitoba is now accepting 2017 proposals through a single-window application intake for the Municipal Road and Bridge Program, Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke recently announced.
The Municipal Road and Bridge Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and includes two program components: the Municipal Road Improvement Program and the Municipal Bridge Program. Municipalities and Northern Affairs communities can submit applications for cost-shared funding for municipal road and bridge projects.
In addition to the $747 million that Manitoba Infrastructure has budgeted for roads, highways, bridges and flood protection outside of Winnipeg for capital, maintenance and preservation of assets, the province is making an additional $14 million available directly to municipalities, the minister said, noting the program allows for up to 50 per cent cost-shared funding for municipal road and bridge renewal projects.
This funding will contribute to the renewal of strategic infrastructure in municipalities outside of Winnipeg, as will the Manitoba Water Services Board investments of $18.8 million, which increased by $2 million in Budget 2017, Clarke added.
"This funding is part of a commitment in Budget 2017 to spend $1.7 billion on infrastructure across the province, which is amongst the largest total infrastructure expenditures in Manitoba history," Clarke said.