Winnipeg’s unofficial fifth season -- construction season -- is about to get underway.
This morning, the city and provincial government unveiled a list of over 100 city streets and back lanes that will see reconstruction and rehabilitation projects get started this summer.
A record $48.9 million, shared by the city and province, is committed to local Winnipeg streets this summer, with a portion of that money going to city sidewalks, bridges, curbs, walkways and bike paths. On top of that, another $35-million is slated to go to regional streets, Mayor Sam Katz indicated today.
When can residents start to see an improvement in their daily commute?
That will come in due time, Katz said.
"We’re talking several years, as long as we can continue to put that money in," the mayor told reporters at a Elmwood press conference. "And if we have more money to put it, it will take a shorter amount of time. This isn’t a 1-2 year address. It’s going to take longer than that."
The city is drawing money from the one per cent property tax increase it implemented in 2013, part of the overall 2.95 per cent increase for 2014. That revenue was collected in Local Street Renewal Reserve, a fund earmarked to improving the city’s infrastructure.
This year, an additional 16 streets and four back lanes have been added to the renewal/reconstruction list.
The total regional and local street renewal program for 2014 is $84.2 million. According to the city, $279.6 million is budgeted for local street construction over the next six years.