Manitoba's Transportation Minister says it could be 2025 before traffic is flowing across the Manning Canal west of Blumenort. 

In May, a devastating fire burned the bridge spanning the canal along Provincial Road 311, between the New Bothwell and Landmark turnoffs.

Doyle Piwniuk announced in a press release Thursday morning that the bridge will be replaced. 

"This bridge sees over 3,000 vehicles per day and is an important route in the Blumenort area," says Piwniuk. "We are working to have the bridge reconstructed and re-opened in the quickest timeline possible to minimize traffic impacts in the area."

The bridge on PR 311 between Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 216 and PTH 206 was 42 years old and damaged beyond repair by fire. The bridge has since been dismantled to ensure the safety of the site and a route detour has been put in place.

The Manitoba government is reviewing various options for reconstructing the bridge that considers the traffic needs in the area, with a priority placed on re-opening to traffic as soon as possible. Piwniuk says the new bridge will have a higher capacity for overloaded vehicles and is expected to be open to traffic in 2025.