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Important industry notices

Latest Notices from MTI Permits Services

2024 Spring Road Restrictions (SRR)

  1. 2024 SRR will not start before Friday, March 8th, 2024 in Climate Zone 1A (Southern Manitoba), Zone 1B (Swan River area) and Zone 2 (The Pas area).
  1. 2024 SRR will not start before Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 in Climate Zone 3 (Thompson and northern areas).

2023-2024 Winter Seasonal Weights

  1. 2023-2024 WSW will not end before Sunday, March 3, 2024 in Climate Zone 1B (Swan River area), Climate Zone 2 (The Pas area) and Climate Zone 3 (Thompson and northern areas). We are continuously monitoring the weather to determine if any further extension to the WSW end date would be possible for these zones.
  2. As notified earlier, the 2023-2024 WSW have ended on Friday, February 23, 2024 in Climate Zone 1A (Southern Manitoba).

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Please be advised, per Manitoba Finance, that effective January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2024, a Fuel Tax Holiday will be in effect.  Official notices are attached and can also be found at: Fuel Tax Holiday Information Notice

This includes fees for those carriers requiring temporary fuel tax permits.  Permits for temporary fuel tax will not be required during this period.  Permits are still required for all overdimensional/weight loads, temporary trip permits, etc.  Only Fuel tax permits are exempt.  Contact the Permit Office if more information on permits is required.

If you require further information about this tax holiday, please contact:

Manitoba Finance
Telephone: 204-945-5603
Manitoba Toll-Free: 1-800-782-0318
E-mail: MBTax@gov.mb.ca
Web Site: https://www.manitoba.ca/finance/taxation/

Latest Notices

Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has released an updated 2024 tender advertising schedule.

It can be found with the earlier schedule on the MTI website at:
https://www.gov.mb.ca/mti/contracts/tenders_contracts.html

The City of Winnipeg has circulated a hypothetical sample of what a social procurement requirement in a Public Works tender could look like in a soon-to-be released pilot project, to elicit feedback before such clauses are included.

To view the sample tender package, click here.

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The 2024 MHCA Membership Directory and Equipment Rental Rates Guide is in the last stages of preparation. Members should see the new edition in their mailboxes mid-March.

There are some substantial changes to the 2024 skid steer rates and group classifications:

  • skid steer classification into Groups has been further defined, rated by lift capacity
  • new Groups were added
  • hourly rates have risen, on average 21% to reflect rising acquisition and maintenance costs of skid steers
  • skid steers with GPS have been listed as a machine for which a premium can be charged.

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MTI has published the final version of its 900 Specifications for Aggregate for Granular Course. The specification has been included in advertised tenders since last spring and now has the final version online.

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Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has published its updated specifications for bituminous pavement. To see the new specification click here.

On April 3, 2023 MHCA, with Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and WCA, met senior Hydro officials re locates, specifically a potential strike and the impact it will have on locate requests/provision of service.

MB Hydro committed to working with industry to ensure any strike does not significantly impact locate service

  • Training contingency workers on line locates
    • Many are same contingency workers called in to help during 2021 strike
    • Will follow same model as in 2021, with some improvements
  • Hydro confident impact on industry will be mitigated

On general issue of locates

  • Industry associations want to review definition of turnaround time for locates
    • Allows industry to measure Hydro against expectations
  • Hydro and industry agree may be beneficial to have Hydro customer service rep on Manitoba Common Ground Alliance

The provincial government has put off the expected ten-cent increase to quarry rehabilitation fees, and is expecting to see the hike kick in January 1, 2024.

The increase to the provincial aggregate extraction fee – from $0.12 per tonne to $0.22 per tonne, was initially expected to start January 2023. The Resource Development Division of Economic Development, Investment and Trade – where the Mines Branch is placed, noted the decision in an email exchanged with MHCA April 5, 2023.

The Division has committed, as well, to provide industry with three-months’ notice, prior to the implementation of the fee increase.

  • Manitoba’s Budget 2023 has laid out highways capital investment at $500 million for 2023-24. Click here to read the details.

  • In Budget 2023, the Province of Manitoba has detailed a five-year capital infrastructure investment plan, something the MHCA has consistently advocated for to assist industry in its business planning. Approximately $3.3 billion is forecasted to be invested to 2027 in roads, highways, bridges and flood protection. Click here to see the full listed of projects that are expected to roll out in the next five years.

The City of Winnipeg’s Public Works department has issued new specifications for Portland cement concrete pavement works, including new concrete categories, updated concrete material properties, updated requirements for cold and hot weather concreting and new requirements for concrete mix design, concrete suppliers approval and concrete placement.

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New Manitoba Online Permitting System

The Province of Manitoba has upgraded its online permitting system, now called Manitoba MOOVES (Moving Oversize & Overweight Vehicles Efficiently and Safely). Information regarding the updated system, including carrier and permit service account set up and other details can be seen at https://www.gov.mb.ca/mit/mcd/permits/arps.html  

FUEL COST ADJUSTMENT

Winnipeg Public Works department is adding a fuel cost adjustment clause as an addendum to road construction contracts, excepting any element of water and waste work in those contracts.

Click here to see an example of such an addendum.

Also:

  • Water & Waste has decided against including such a clause in its contracts. The MHCA continues to press senior City administrators to change that decision
  • Fuel price adjustment clause for bid hourly work (such a snow clearing) is under consideration; the City will likely decide upon this adjustment in later summer

To read the details of the Public Works fuel adjustment clause, click here.

Construction industry minimum wages to rise

The Province of Manitoba has announced changes to the regulations of the Construction Industry Wages Act to effect a series of increases in wages, the first of which is September 1, 2022.

Click here to see the updated minimum wage regulation and a schedule for the increases for our industry.

Construction Specifications for Emulsified Asphalt Chip Seals

Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has released its new specification, which will be used in the upcoming chip seal tenders to be released in the coming weeks.

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City of Winnipeg updates, posts new specifications

City of Winnipeg Public Works has issued the following specifications.

Please see below and links to the documents.

Updates for CW3110-R22 – Sub-Grade, Sub-Base, and Base Course Construction and CW 3140-R1 Supply and Installation of Pavement Repair Fabric

The new CW3110-R22 specification is effective November 15, 2022. A summary of the changes is as follows:

CW3110-R22 – Sub-Grade, Sub-Base, and Base Course Construction

The material gradations have been updated;

  1. The compaction acceptance criteria for 50 mm sub-base containing more than 30% oversize material has been updated;
  2. Qualification of the testing laboratories for quality control and quality assurance has been added; and
  3. Payment adjustments are included in Tables CW3110.5 and .6. Our design teams need to apply the payment adjustments and report them to Project Management and the Pavement Management Branch.

The CW 3140-R1, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF PAVEMENT REPAIR FABRIC covers the supply and installation of pavement repair fabrics for reinforcement of asphalt layers, distribution of loads, and reducing reflective cracking distresses.

CW 3110-R22

CW 3140 – R1

Emulsified Asphalt Cement Cost Adjustment for micro surfacing and chip seal

Due to unprecedented spikes in the price of oil, MTI has developed a cost adjustment mechanism for performance and penetration grade asphalt cements, which will be included in upcoming tenders. MTI is extending the cost adjustment specification to emulsified asphalt cement used in the construction of micro surfacing and chip seal. Click here to see the adjustment.

The emulsified asphalt cement cost adjustment specification that will be included in upcoming tenders. The cost adjustment will be calculated based on MTI price index, residual asphalt cement content and the quantity of work placed in the month. Click here to see the worksheet MTI will be using to calculate cost adjustments throughout construction.

Canada-Manitoba News Release: Manitoba Opens Applications for Canada-Manitoba Job Grant to Support Workforce Development and Training

April 24, 2023

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $10 million through the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant to help businesses meet their training and workforce development needs for new and existing employees, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough and Manitoba Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton announced.

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NOTICE: TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAGE – CONTRACTORS

I wish to draw the attention of your members to the revised Traffic Control clause in our tenders for 2022 (E7.1(c) below). This clause has been included in advertised tenders since late last year, and so is currently active in several roadway contracts. This operation, and the stock of signs for its function, was previously conducted primarily by the Traffic Services Branch of Public Works. For this change, contractors must have or have access to (though a subcontractor) the necessary regulatory signage for the operations noted below.

As PWD is aware that not all contractors will have a sufficient stock of the required signs to manage this new operation for all of their projects, the Traffic Services Branch has agreed to supply on loan – for 2022 only – the signs needed for the additional operations, new this year. A number of contractors are already aware and have been taking advantage of this.

Traffic Services will be keeping track of the signs loaned out, and those not returned at the end of the project will be charged through a CWO at the end of the contract.

Contractors should confirm the numbers and types with their respective Contract Administrators and the project’s staging plans prior to contacting Traffic Services.

Contractors and are further cautioned to not request any more signs than Traffic Services would have supplied in the same operation prior to this change. Traffic Services does not have an unlimited supply of all signs and still have their own extensive operations to conduct.

For the 2023 construction season, contractors and/or their subcontractors will be responsible for their own supply.

Michelle Stainton, P. Eng.
A/Project Management Engineer
Public Works Department
Project Management Branch – Engineering Division
204-986-5164/204-794-4061
mstainton@winnipeg.ca

2022 LOCAL AND REGIONAL STREET RENEWAL CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TENDER SCHEDULE

2022 construction projects – view tender schedule

2022 WATER AND WASTE CAPITAL WORKS CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM TENDER SCHEDULE

WWD & PWD construction program List 2022 – view

RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATES (RCAS) IN CONSTRUCTION SEASON 2022

The MHCA wishes to convey the below information sent (verbatim) by the City of Winnipeg to industry arising from discussions with Public Works related to the use of RCAs for the 2022 construction season.

“For the 2022 construction season, the CW3110-R21 materials, Granular A, B, & C will be specified in tenders without modifications to engineering properties and gradations.

Granular C, which may be Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA) or limestone, will be predominately specified on road renewal locations that require a rehabilitation treatment as well as under sidewalks and private approaches. Specific project exceptions may apply.

Granular B, which may be RCA or limestone, will be predominately specified for sub-base on low volume residential streets and alleys where a reconstruction treatment is required. For 2022, there are 8 residential streets and 2 alleys reconstructions where Granular B will be specified which currently represent all the low volume street and alley reconstructions expected to be tendered. If additional low volume residential street and alley reconstructions are identified, a determination will be made on the specified materials based on site conditions and other design factors.

The 10 locations identified above represents approximately 6 lane-km of pavement and an estimated 21,000 tonnes of Granular B sub-base material. Where the contractor chooses to use RCA for Granular B, the intent is for the City to work closely with the supplier and the contractor on quality control and placement as the intent is to monitor and improve consistency of the material. This is the same approach as was used in 2021. There are no payment adjustments specified in CW3110-R21. Where material meets rejection/removal criteria, no material placed before results of the first failed test are received will be required to be removed.

Granular A will be specified for all other street reconstructions.”

Brad Neirinck, P. Eng.
Manager of Engineering
City of Winnipeg
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
ENGINEERING DIVISION

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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