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One dead and two injured after crash

An early morning car crash on Nov. 3 has left one man dead and two others in serious condition, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.

The car was carrying four people when it rolled at about 5 a.m. on Pembina Highway near the Jubilee overpass. A 21-year-old man died from injuries sustained in the crash while two others remain in hospital in serious but stable condition.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Chief Peguis Trail extension opened

The new eastern extension of the Chief Peguis Trail opened Dec. 2, marking the end of a $109 million construction project that links Henderson Highway and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

Although it was originally scheduled to open in fall of next year, the roadway is ready now thanks to favourable summer weather and a seven-day work schedule employed by the construction company, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.

Several other changes were made as part of the new roadway, including remodelled intersections and a new bike and pedestrian overpass at Northeast Pioneers Greenway, one of the city’s busier active-transportation corridors.

The extension is part of a larger project originally proposed in 1968 aimed at constructing a “ring road” inside the Perimeter Highway. The total cost of that project is $670 million and it is still a long way away from completion.

Manitoba Hydro transmission line up for public review

Members of the public concerned about Manitoba Hydro’s plan to build a transmission line on the west side of the province could get a chance to voice their concerns as early as this summer, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.

Public hearings into the Bipole III transmission line, which would stretch 1,364 kilometres, will give the public 90 days to review Manitoba’s environmental impact statement on the project.

The new line would send hydroelectric power from northern to southern Manitoba and run through farmland in southern and western Manitoba. The proposed route is an alternative to the original route on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, which was scrapped four years ago to protect the boreal forest and aid to a bid to make the area a UNESCO world heritage site.

Hydro is hoping to finish construction on the $3.28-billion transmission line by 2017.