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.
The Arlington Bridge was closed Sunday after a huge hole was discovered on the road. Police had sent out a tweet flagging the issue about half an hour after the problem was identified. This helped to notify many drivers, who were heading that way or planning their trip through the Arlington Bridge.
In a statement Sunday afternoon, the City of Winnipeg said the bridge could reopen later in the day, the road repair crews were out patching the asphalt that had detached from the road.
Pedestrian access was maintained while the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic.
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.
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.
Fellow Winnipeggers, as many streets and roads are now under repair or reconstruction after the winter, please pay attention to the information provided by the city authorities when planning your trip. Even your the regular daily route can be affected by road construction and the unusual traffic may occur.