Historic Sites of Manitoba: Treesbank Bridge Plaque (Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)
Spanning the Assiniboine River in what is now the Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa, the Treesbank Bridge was commissioned by the provincial government to replace the Treesbank Ferry in what is now the Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress. It was completed at a cost of $1.4 million, with over $1.8 million in additional construction and roadway alignment to the bridge approaches on Provincial Road 340. On 29 September 1989, it was opened officially by Albert Driedger (Minister of Highways & Transportation), James Erwin “Jim” Downey (Minister of Northern Affairs), and Charlotte Oleson (Minister of Community Services) as they crossed the bridge for the first time, with their vehicle bumper performing the ribbon-breaking function at both ends. A commemorative plaque affixed to the southwestern corner of the bridge marks the event.
“Work starts to replace Treesbank Ferry,” Brandon Sun, 26 August 1988, page 2.
“Many bridges to build,” Brandon Sun, 29 August 1988, page 40.
“Bridge puts ferrymaster out of work,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1989, page 2.
“Public notice,” Glenboro Gazette, 27 September 1989, page 15.
“Treesbank Bridge opened,” Glenboro Gazette, 4 October 1989, page 1.
“Bridge opens - ferry closes,” Glenboro Gazette, 4 October 1989, page 4.
We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 30 July 2021