By Tyler Sutherland
The City of Winnipeg has dug deeper into its pockets to come up with an additional $7.2 million for regional and local street projects.
The funding comes from money left over in this year’s roads budget, and therefore work scheduled for 2014 will advance earlier than planned.
“Improving local streets is a top priority for Winnipeggers,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “Moving these projects ahead ensures that we make maximum use of our limited construction season and make optimal use of the increased funds available in our local and regional street budget.”
The city is spending $35.8 million this year on street projects, which is up 66% compared to 2012.
Additional regional and local street work to be done this year include:
- $3.15 million for the survey, design, tendering of Ness Avenue — Whytewold Road to west of Conway Street for construction in 2014.
- $2 million for immediate emergency river stabilization work along the Red River to protect areas of Lyndale Drive.
- $600,000 for the rehabilitation of additional 2013 local street locations including Victor Lewis Drive and Sheppard Street from Church Avenue to Redwood Avenue.