$105 M being spent on over 150 road and sidewalks projects in Winnipeg
It's taken us just three years to exceed the amount of investment committed to road renewal that councils invested in the previous six years: Mayor
This week the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg together announced details regarding the $105 million investment in over 150 roadway construction projects that will get underway in Winnipeg this year.
The proposed list includes specific local roads, back lanes and sidewalks projects that are being considered for renewal in 2017, in addition to the regional street work already slated for this year.
“Winnipeggers have said time and time again that fixing the roads is their number one priority and I’m thrilled we are able to continue our historic investment of $105 million to make that happen. It’s taken us just three years to exceed the amount of investment committed to road renewal that councils invested in the previous six years. Our record is clear and fixing the roads will continue to be our number one priority,” said Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg, in a release.
A total of $60.3 million is dedicated to local street and back lane renewals, thin bituminous overlays, granular roadway improvements and local sidewalk, walkway and bike path renewal in 2017. These local construction projects are in addition to $44.8 million of major street and sidewalk work scheduled for this year, including several stretches of Pembina Highway, the major rehabilitation of Ellice Avenue from Erin Street to Arlington Street and the rehabilitation of eastbound Provencher Boulevard from Des Meurons Street to Archibald Street.
- Of the $105 million dedicated to Winnipeg’s local and regional street renewal programs in 2017, more than $12.2 million is expected to come from the federal Gas Tax Fund. The balance is budgeted to be funded by the Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg. Note the funding levels are yet to be finalized pending the approval of the 2017 provincial budget.
- The Government of Canada is providing over $68 million annually in funding for municipal infrastructure in Manitoba through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).