More than 200 construction projects are planned for Winnipeg this year, including local and regional streets, back lanes and sidewalks.
Mayor Brian Bowman said Friday that about 150 kilometres of improvements are scheduled for this year, including continuing work on the Southwest Rapid Transit corridor and the Waverley Underpass project.
“The year represents the largest investment in fixing our roads in the city’s history,” said Bowman. “Fixing our roads has remained a key priority for me and many members of Council, and by making it a priority over the last four years we are beginning to see our investments making a difference, but more work across our city is still needed.”
The city’s total road network contains 7,300 lane kilometres and the road deficit has been reduced from $3.3 billion in 2009 to $1.9 billion.
This year marks the first time the city will use Warm Mix Asphalt instead of Hot Mix Asphalt, which reduces energy needs, is safer to handle, better for the environment and extends the paving season by three weeks.
Mayor Bowman said traffic delays are inevitable for projects, and thanked drivers, cyclists and transit users for their patience.