A twenty year lease was signed in October between the R.M. of Morris and Bell/MTS for land located in the municipality that will be used to construct a new cellular tower along Highway 75.
The new cell tower is one of three that Bell/MTS will build along Highway 75 to ensure continuous wireless coverage between the Canada/U.S. border and Winnipeg.
"We are very pleased with the construction of the new cell tower. Not only will it offer better cell service for the safety of those travelling Highway 75, but for residents, businesses and farmers in the immediate area," said R.M. of Morris Reeve Ralph Groening.
The new cell tower comes at no cost to the municipality. In fact, the lease generates funds that will go back into the R.M.
Groening adds, the communities of Rosenort and Lowe Farm will see a big benefit from this project with an improvement in wireless service.
Construction of the new tower is scheduled for early January of 2017.
The gaps in coverage along busy Highway 75 have been a concern for businesses, residents, and travelers in the corridor. The highway is a facilitator for economic development in the province, and is Manitoba’s most important north-south highway link, serving western Canada's busiest port of entry at the Emerson/Pembina, North Dakota crossing.