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Motorists travelling northbound on Highway 75 from St. Jean to Aubigny were hoping to see some construction activity happening by now.

The roadway is in fairly rough shape from a series of floods over the past decade and needs to be raised and concreted to match the rest of the highway.

However, it doesn't appear like any work will begin on that stretch until 2019 or 2020 at the earliest.

"These projects simply haven't been tendered yet, but it's my hope that they will be tendered in the very near future to get things moving," said Morris MLA Shannon Martin. "When you take office after not being in government for almost two decades the needs, unfortunately, don't always equal your ability to address them."

Martin explained the demand for improved highway infrastructure is huge across the province and the provincial government is trying to determine which of those investments need to go first.

He was asked if that length of highway can go another year of two without some improvements.

"That's one of the factors that play into all of this. Obviously, the department has to look at the conditions of the road and determine if there are any safety concerns and what we can do to mitigate those. So, if there are points along that highway that require some sort of temporary action to make sure that people are safe then I'm confident those short-term fixes would be undertaken."

Martin would not venture a guess as to when reconstruction would begin on that portion of Highway 75.

"I think as the provincial government's finances continue to improve ... we will continue to make sure that those critical infrastructure investments will be made here in the province of Manitoba."

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