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City to focus on fixing worst roads first

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Winnipeg will fix 10 more kilometres of two-lane streets and 20 km of sidewalks with additional funding for city roads.

This morning, Mayor Sam Katz and Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie reiterated the city's pledge to devote one per cent of property taxes this year -- $4.5 million -- to fixing more local streets, back lanes and sidewalks.

In total, Winnipeg will spend $36.6 million in 2013 to renew local streets.

Right now, about 20 per cent of Winnipeg's local streets and 16 per cent of back lanes are in poor condition and need major rehabilitation or construction.

Eadie said 50 per cent of the streets in his ward are in poor condition, and the city will focus on the worst ones first with input from members of council.

City council will vote on this year's capital and operating budgets Jan. 29.

City street conditions

The city rates streets as New, Good, Fair or Poor.  Here's an overview of street ratings in 2012.

Data source: City of Winnipeg. Can't see the pie chart above? View it in Google Drive.

History

Updated on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM CST: Adds link to database.

2:00 PM: Adds graph

2:26 PM: Rejigs pie chart.

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