WINNIPEG — Incumbent Mayor Brian Bowman wants to take a look at how infrastructure construction can be completed more efficiently, such as working around the clock.
Bowman said Friday he would establish a working group to study how to utilize 24/7 construction in a cost-effective way.
“Fixing roads continues to be a top priority of Winnipeggers, but unfortunately the six-year ($976 million) plan to invest record funding into repairing our roads continues to be under threat from candidates unwilling to commit to it and unwilling to disclose a plan to support it,” said Bowman.
“Not only do I remain committed to this plan, I’ve also been open with voters about how to fund it.”
Bowman said the working group would also look at ways to extend the earlier tendering process for regional roads to include local roads, and improve communication with residents and business affected by road construction.
In response, rival candidate Jenny Motkaluk said in a statement, “If imitation is the greatest form of flattery — I would like to thank Brian Bowman for reading the paper and reiterating the great ideas that I and other candidates have already tabled on smarter procurement and infrastructure planning. If it has taken the mayor four years to understand that we need to buy better and improve communication with residents and businesses then it truly is time for a change of leadership.”