The MTO hopes to have a truckers' rest stop completed at the Manitoba border this fall. The $2.2-million project is at the site of the former tourism centre. It doesn't include any commercial operations.
The scope of work includes:
- increasing the capacity to accommodate 15 additional long trucks at the site,
- providing illumination,
- adding an additional access/entrance,
- improving traffic flow within the existing building and
- installing an information kiosk within the existing building.
Ministry staff say the contractor is performing rock work and grading to expand the parking capacity at the rest area. Staff added paving work and electrical upgrades are scheduled to occur next month, with completion expected later this fall.
The public will continue to have access to the existing facilities during construction, except for short closures to allow the contractor to perform small blasts on the site. The tourist information centre closed six years ago in 2012. Visitors can now get information at the Discovery Centre in Kenora.