At least 56 of Winnipeg streets won’t get fixed this year

At least 56 of Winnipeg streets won’t get fixed this year

Last year by the city`s authorities was announced a big number of road construction projects in Winnipeg. Most of such works were already finished, but some of the projects are still in progress in different areas of the city. New Year, new construction projects! Winnipeg is a great and constantly growing city. Our city authorities recognize a need for constant growth and development as the city`s population grows every year.

The City of Winnipeg tabled its budget for 2019 on Friday, March 1st. Some of the highlights include a regular tax rise, but a decrease in roads spending by $29.6 million to $86.4 million.

At least 56 streets and 11 back alleys likely won’t be fixed in Winnipeg this year, thanks to funding spat between the City and the Province.

City of Winnipeg spokesperson Ken Allen said the city’s infrastructure committee will get a full report on what roads are to be fixed this year in the spring.Mayor Brian Bowman and Premier Brian Pallister have repeatedly blamed each other for what Bowman called a “hole” in the City’s operating budget.

Meanwhile, the province’s finance minister, (and former city of Winnipeg finance committee chair) Scott Fielding, said the city has a spending problem, not a funding problem.

Manager of engineering at the Public Works Department Brad Neirinck noted that the timing of the projects depends on many factors like weather conditions and big events in the city, which involve some roads blocking form traffic and only pedestrians allowed on a temporary basis. For a complete list of projects roads involved in reconstruction, please visit the link: https://winnipeg.ca/publicworks/construction/roadway/map.asp.

Let’s be patient and hope road construction workers will finish all the projects soon and that will make our city a better place to drive and live in.

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