Winnipeg’s 2010 Capital Budget: Streets, Bridges, Environment, Parks

Winnipeg City Hall

The city’s Executive Policy Committee (EPC) introduced the Preliminary Capital Investment Plan for 2010 to 2015 on Monday. The six-year plan authorizes $2 billion in investments in priority streets and bridges, water and sewer infrastructure, and parks and community facilities.

Highlights of the 2010-2015 Preliminary Capital Investment Plan include:

$812 million for sewage disposal projects, due in part to the cost of complying with provincial environmental requirements
$498 million for roads and bridges, with $183 million to be spent in 2010 alone – a 90% increase over total street projects authorized in 2009
$147 million for the water system
$156 million for parks, community infrastructure and amenities – including $72.4 million for community and recreation facilities
$79 million for land drainage and flood control
$62 million for public safety infrastructure

Public input is invited on the Plan at a variety of open meetings held at City Hall. Those wishing to appear as a delegation to one of the following meetings should call 311 to register.

Meeting times include:

Monday, November 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services
Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – Special meeting of the EPC

New projects funded in the budget include:

— A new Active Transportation project for over $20 million, bringing the City’s total active transportation investment to $22.2 million in 2010. This project is the result of a partnership with the other levels of government.
— Waverley West Arterial Roads, which will receive funding of $54.7 million over the next two years to improve transportation flow and capacity for growth.
— Assiniboine Park redevelopment, which will receive $8 million in capital investment in 2010, with $5.1 million going to repairs and upgrades, and almost $2.9 million going to attractions like expansion of the Park’s duck pond, and the development of a new Family Centre.

The budget will face council on December 15. photo