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The cost to vehicles riding on poor roads: CAA report

A national survey just released by the CAA shows that Manitobans are paying an estimated $102 per year, per vehicle for damages as a result of roads that are in poor shape.

That is an annual average, accounting for the sudden, one-time high costs that bad roads can inflict on vehicles.

The report, The Cost of Poor Roads in Canada, states that, with around 23.5 million passenger cars on the roads nationwide, poor roads are costing the nation’s drivers a total of $3 billion annually.

“We’re not surprised by these results, in fact we know that the condition of our roads and highways takes a measurable toll on vehicles and that’s why the MHCA has a vigorous “FixOurRoads” advocacy campaign that informs Manitobans about the cost of deteriorating infrastructure,” said MHCA President Chris Lorenc.

The CAA analysis shows that aside from Quebec, where the cost is extraordinarily high, and the Atlantic provinces, Manitoba is a leading province on per-vehicle cost due to poor roads.

Almost 50% of Manitoba’s highway-kilometres were rated to be between very poor and fair condition.

“Although only 15% of the nation’s roads are rated poor or very poor, these roads are responsible for most of the extra operating costs – especially on the arterial, collector and local road networks,” the report explains. “Canadians who have the misfortune of having to rely on these roads for their daily commutes can be faced with costs well above the national average.

“The good news is that over half of Canadian roads are in good or very good condition – so fixing crumbling roads is not an unattainable task. By focusing on repairing the worst roads – or better yet prevent them from deteriorating in the first place – governments can save Canadians money.”

Lorenc said there’s very little to argue with in the report’s conclusions. Indeed, estimates indicate that the cost of reconstructing a road is 6-10 times more expensive than maintaining it, so it doesn’t fall into disrepair.

“This is precisely the message we deliver to all levels of government – let’s know the state of our transportation assets and devise a sustainable investment strategy, both to get our roads back to good condition and to keep them there.”

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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