Important industry notices
Latest Notices from MTI Permits Services
IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: ANNUAL BLANKET PERMITS OVER 3.7M WIDE PR391 BURNTWOOD RIVER BRIDGE, THOMPSON
This is an advisory to all carriers and annual blanket permit holders where overall width exceeds 3.7m that these permits are NOT VALID for travel through the construction on PR391 in Thompson at the Burntwood River Bridge construction site. All carriers moving loads in excess of 3.7m will need to contact the Permit Office and obtain a ONE MOVE permit for travel accommodation through this site. In order for an accommodation to be approved, ALL CARRIERS with loads exceeding 3.7m must be able to lift the load 1.52m (5ft) from the ground up over the installed guardrails. Carriers who cannot do this cannot be accommodated.
Carriers who are able to lift the load as indicated above, must obtain a ONE MOVE permit at which time the Permit Office will provide the contact information for the contractor as well as any other requirements for travel.. Carriers will be responsible for contacting the contractor and confirming the date and time of the move. Once the Contractor confirms this with the Permit Office and all other required approvals are completed, a permit will be issued. If you are within the dimensions of your annual blanket permit, no overdimensional fees will be charged for the One Move permit. Please indicate your annual blanket permit number at the time your permit application is made.
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure is currently working with the contractor on site to prepare a staging area for carriers who require accommodation and must lift their load in order to move through the construction.
IMPORTANT: FROM JULY 10 TO OCTOBER 7, 2023 NO MOVES EXCEEDING 3.7M WILL BE ABLE TO BE ACCOMMODATED.
Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Manager, Permit Services
Motor Carrier Safety & Permits
Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure
Permit Office: 204.945.3961 or 877.812.0009
2023 Spring Road Restrictions (SRR)
Due to the on-going frost boils and potential excessive damage to roads, a special weight restriction will be applied to PR 363 from PTH 83 to Saskatchewan boundary effective immediately. The restriction will remain in place until Monday, May 22, 2023. More details
Special Weight Restriction for PTH 41, PR 250, PR 262 and PR 264
Please be advised that due to the on-going frost boils and potential excessive damage to roads, a special weight restriction will be applied to the following road sections effective immediately. The restriction will remain in place until Monday, May 22, 2023.
PTH 41 from PTH 42 to 0.6 km South of PTH 16
PR 250 from PTH 16 to 3.0 km north of PTH 45
PR 262 from PTH 16A (Minnedosa) to PR 265
PR 264 from West junction PTH 16 to north junction of PTH 4
Please find below the latest updates related to the start of the 2023 Spring Road Restrictions (SRR):
- Spring Road Restrictions (SRR) will be ending at 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 18 in Climate Zone 1B, Zone 2 and Zone 3 (no restrictions starting from Friday, May 19)
- Spring Road Restrictions (SRR) will be ending at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 15 in Climate Zone 1A (no restrictions starting from Tuesday, May 16)
Change in Restriction Level from Level 2 to Level 1 on the following road section:
- PTH 34 – 2.0 km south of Assiniboine River (River Road) to Assiniboine River
2022-2023 Winter Seasonal Weights – Order No. 15
Please find below the updates related to the ending of the 2022-2023 Highway Winter Seasonal Weights (WSW):
- 2022-2023 WSW will end on Friday, April 7, 2023 in Climate Zone 3 (Thompson and northern areas).
- 2022-2023 WSW have ended on Monday, March 13, 2023 in Climate Zone 1A (Southern Manitoba) and Zone 1B (Swan River area)
- 2022-2023 WSW have ended on Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Climate Zone 2 (The Pas area)
MI construction tendering schedule
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has released an updated 2022/23 tender advertising schedule.
It can be found with the earlier schedule on the MTI website at:
bituminous pavement specifications
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure has published its updated specifications for bituminous pavement. To see the new specification click here.
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.
MANITOBA HYDRO LINE LOCATE MEETING
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
Industry notice: quarry rehab fees to rise in 2024
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
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.
Winnipeg updates Portland cement concrete specifications
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.
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.
For clarification or concerns, please contact:
Andre Dupuis, B.Sc.
Surfacing Program Manager
Pavement and Materials Section
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure
920- 215 Garry Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3P3
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;
- The compaction acceptance criteria for 50 mm sub-base containing more than 30% oversize material has been updated;
- Qualification of the testing laboratories for quality control and quality assurance has been added; and
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Asphalt Cement Adjustment
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.
Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure 2022 Multi-Year Highways Investment Strategy April 2022
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.
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
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
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