A multi-million-dollar infrastructure announcement was made Thursday in Niverville.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk says they are planning several projects along Provincial Road (PR) 311. Upgrades include the twinning of PR 311 west from the train tracks to Wallace Road, the construction of a traffic circle between Wallace and Krahn Roads, a signalized controlled intersection at Krahn Road and an approach to facilitate near-term development.

Piwniuk made the announcement on the same morning that Volume Global and Julijette Inc. announced the development of Jette Studios, a state-of-the-art, full-service film and television studio village that will be built in Niverville. The facility will go up at the corner of Wallace Road and PR 311. Construction is expected to be completed in two phases, beginning this summer.

"(Thursday's) announcement demonstrates what can be achieved through collaboration, partnership and a lot of hard work," says Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck. "We thank the Manitoba government for their investment in the much-needed infrastructure upgrades that will trigger this significant economic development project."

Piwniuk says the improvements along PR 311 are part of the $40.6 million infrastructure investment in and around Niverville. 

"Our government is pleased to support not only Niverville but all municipalities throughout Manitoba as they work to attract new investments from North America and beyond," he says. 

Dyck says this funding commitment by the provincial government will help to meet the transportation needs along PR 311. He says not only will the new film and television studio result in greater traffic counts but they are also anticipating $200 million in residential development over the next five years. 

"Your commitment (Thursday) will ensure that as Niverville becomes Manitoba's newest city in the next few years that all those who travel to and from Niverville will be able to do so safely," he adds. 


With files from Adi Loewen