POLITICS
04/18/2012 01:14 EDT | Updated 06/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Flood damage pushes Manitoba spending up for road construction, bridge repair

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says it will repair 20 bridges and renew or build more than 2,400 kilometres of road this year.

The province has released details of its infrastructure budget for the fiscal year, which includes almost $589 million for road and bridge work — a slight increase from last year.

Premier Greg Selinger says spending is up due in part to flood damage from last year that needs to be repaired.

Some municipalities have complained that they're not getting a fair share of the money, and that most of the spending is on provincial roadways.

Selinger says the province is transferring $262 million to municipalities.

He says that fulfils a promise to give municipalities the equivalent of one per cent of the provincial sales tax.