Manitoba Highway 75

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Highway 75
Route information
Maintained by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
Length: 101 km (63 mi)
Major junctions
South end: I‑29 / US 81 at US/Canadian border
North end: PTH 100 / Route 42 in Winnipeg
Towns: Morris
Highway system

Manitoba provincial highways

PTH 68 PTH 77

Provincial Trunk Highway 75 (PTH 75, also officially known as the Lord Selkirk Highway) is the main highway from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the U.S. border, where it connects with Interstate 29. Prior to the numbering system, PTH 75 was the northern leg of the Jefferson Highway also known as the Palm to Pine Highway since it ended in New Orleans.

Route description[edit]

The highway, which is part of Canada's National Highway System, begins at the Canada-United States border at Emerson and runs approximately 101 kilometers (63 miles) north to Winnipeg. At Winnipeg, it connects with Pembina Highway, which forms the southern portion of Winnipeg Route 42.[1][2]

PTH 75 at Emerson, current and original configurations

The entire route is a 4-lane divided highway, but access is not fully controlled. Proposals do exist to upgrade the highway to an expressway or freeway standard with bypasses at Morris and St. Norbert. PTH 75 consisted of two lanes south of Morris until approximately 1992 when the current four-lane divided highway between Morris and United States border was built.

PTH 75 originally began at the Emerson-Noyes, Minnesota border crossing, where it once connected with U.S. Route 75. From there, the highway ran west over the Red River to the Emerson junction, about 0.5 kilometers north of the border, where it joined the current portion of the highway that heads north towards Winnipeg. The Canadian government closed the Emerson border crossing opposite Noyes in 2003 to consolidate resources and the American port of entry followed soon after. Travelers now wishing to travel on US 75 must now take Interstate 29 south to North Dakota Highway 59, then east to Minnesota State Highway 171, which connects to US 75. In 2012, the provincial government re-routed PTH 75 to extend all the way to the Emerson-Pembina, North Dakota border crossing, which eliminated a short stretch of highway previously known as PTH 29. The old stretch of PTH 75 through Emerson is part of an extended Provincial Road 200.[3]

Speed limits[edit]

On February 27, 2008 the Manitoba Highway Traffic Board approved a request by the Government of Manitoba to raise the speed limit on Highway 75 in Manitoba to 110 km/h (70 mph) on most sections between Winnipeg and the US border.[4] The speed limit change took effect on July 1, 2009, where the speed limit was raised to 110 km/h only from St. Jean Baptiste to the Canada-U.S. border. The rest of the highway is still not set to the new speed and remains at 100 km/h (60 mph), though this might change in the future.[5]

  • Canada-U.S. border to St. Jean Baptiste- 110 km/h (70 mph)
  • Morris- 50–80 km/h (30–50 mph)
  • Remainder of Highway- 100 km/h (60 mph)

Flooding issues[edit]

PTH 75's proximity to the flood-prone Red River causes closures of the highway during spring flooding. The town of Morris is one of the most problematic areas, as the town is forced to close off the dikes surrounding the town, thereby cutting off PTH 75. These closures have a significant impact on the trucking industry, as PTH 75 is the primary transportation route between Winnipeg and the United States. The Manitoba Trucking Association estimates the closing of the highway costs the industry $1.5 million CAD per week. The closures also have a significant impact on Morris businesses that depend on travelers passing through town.[6][7] There are several solutions being considered to fix the ongoing problem, including the building of new bridges and raising of roadways along PTH 75, and the construction of a bypass for PTH 75 around Morris.[8][9]

Major intersections[edit]

This is the travel route for Provincial Trunk Highway 75 (PTH 75) from south to north:

Division Location km Mile Destinations Notes
R.M. of Montcalm Emerson 0 0 I‑29 south / US 81 south – Grand Forks, Fargo, Sioux Falls Re-routed from the former Emerson-Noyes crossing in 2012
1 1 PR 200 north – Emerson, Dominion City Old section of PTH 75 to Emerson
  4 2 PR 243 west – Gretna, Blumenfeld
  15 9 PR 421 west – Sommerfeld, Altona
Letellier 19 12 PR 201 – Altona, Dominion City, Stuartburn, Vita, Piney
  26 16 PTH 14 west – Altona, Plum Coulee, Winkler, Morden
St. Jean Baptiste 35 22 PR 246 north – Aubigny, Ste. Agathe
R.M. of Morris Morris 45 28 PTH 23 east – La Rochelle, St. Malo Southern end of PTH 23 concurrency
46 29 PTH 23 west – Lowe Farm, Somerset, Baldur Northern end of PTH 23 concurrency
  48 30 PR 330 north – La Salle PTH 75 turns northeast
  59 37 PR 205 – Rosenort, Aubigny, St. Pierre-Jolys, Grunthal
R.M. of Ritchot   73 45 PR 305 – Brunkild, Ste. Agathe
Glenlea 82 51 Glenlea Road Formerly PR 420 north; PTH 75 turns north
  87 54 PR 210 east – St. Adolphe, Île-des-Chênes, Landmark, Ste. Anne Formerly PR 429 east
  92 57 PR 247 west – La Salle, Sanford, Elm Creek
Winnipeg St. Norbert 100 62
  101 63 PTH 100 – Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Falcon Lake, Kenora
Route 42 north (Pembina Highway)
Perimeter Highway; highway continues as Route 42 (Pembina Highway)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi