Neepawa submits application to provincial grant program


By Eoin Devereux

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The Town of Neepawa has submitted an application for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s Grant-in-Aid program. 

Town administration have identified two projects that are funding priorities. Mayor Adrian de Groot said the first request is for assistance with dust control on Park Lake Road. The dirt road is 1220 metres long and is 5.5 metres wide.

The second request is also for Park Lake Road, but is focused on reconstruction, as the town would like to improve a 300 metre portion that’s notorious for bad frost boils. De Groot said the plan is to remove all the poor base materials and correct the drainage issues with a superior design with improved drainage options.

“Park Lake Road comes under the province’s guidelines for grant in aid. It’s a fairly heavily used road and anyone who has travelled along that road, especially in the spring time, will notice that there’s lots of boggy, soft areas there,” said de Groot. “So part of our request is for support for reconstruction. To get proper drainage in there so that we don’t have that problem.”

The projected cost of the frost boil reconstruction is estimated at $38,210.00, while the price tag for the dust control chemicals are $3,774.38. If Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation approves the funding requests, it will cover 50 per cent of those costs.