WINNIPEG, MB - It has long been said there are two seasons in Winnipeg, winter and construction, and with more than 150 projects taking place in every ward of the city it will be a very busy year.
The Government of Canada and the City of Winnipeg announced the proposed list of local streets to be considered for renewal in 2018 in addition to the work that will get underway this year.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support these important local infrastructure projects through the federal Gas Tax Fund. We know that road improvements are a priority for Winnipeggers and these upgrades will help improve resident’s safety and quality of life for many years to come,” said the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Local streets, back lanes, local sidewalks, recreational walkways and bike path renewals will benefit from a $60.3 million upgrade. In addition, $55.7 million of major street and sidewalk work is scheduled for this year, including the reconstruction of McGregor Street between Selkirk Avenue and Mountain Avenue and the reconstruction of Fermor Avenue from St. Anne’s to Archibald.
“With $116 million in 2018, we will continue to direct historic investments into fixing our roads,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “When I was elected and since that time, Winnipeggers have been clear that fixing the roads continues to be a top priority and we’re focused on continuing to build on our progress.”
These investments combine to create a regional and local street renewal program totalling $116 million in 2018, the largest single year road renewal investment in the history of Winnipeg.
Kevin Klein, Manitoba Post with files from City of Winnipeg