Responding to years of pleas from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Manitoba will finally install new traffic lights at the intersection of PTH 59 North and Bison Drive-Anishinabe Way.
This decision follows a community member’s tragic death in April, prompting renewed calls for safety improvements. Chief Gordon Bluesky welcomes the change but acknowledges it comes too late for those lost.
The $2 million project includes reduced highway speeds, improved signage, and a new controlled intersection. Additionally, plans for a new bridge over the Brokenhead River are underway, with more community engagement planned for 2024.
Manitoba Transportation is also considering twinning Highway 59 and incorporating safe walking and cycling paths, based on Brokenhead Ojibway Nation’s input.
While this marks a significant step forward, it highlights the long road to addressing community concerns. Brokenhead Ojibway Nation’s years of advocacy finally paid off, but the cost was tragically high.