City, Province to Fund $48.9M Worth of Street Renewal Projects

The intersection of Ness Avenue and Ferry Road (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The City of Winnipeg is committing a record $48.9 million to fix crumbling infrastructure this year.

Cost-shared between the city and province, the funding will tackle more than 100 reconstruction and rehabilitation street projects, including a portion used to renew sidewalks, walkways and bike paths.

“Fixing our streets is council’s number one priority,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “We are committing record amounts to local and regional streets this year. If we continue to focus our budgets on street renewal, we will soon begin to see a noticeable difference from this targeted investment.”

Katz made the announcement on Besant Street in Elmwood-East Kildonan, which will undergo a complete reconstruction this year renewing its lifespan to more than 30 years.

The total regional and local street renewal program in 2014 is $84.2 million.

— Staff