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EPC to consider projects for federal funding

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The City of Winnipeg is poised to endorse six road-and-bridge construction projects as candidates for new federal infrastructure funding.

At a special meeting of council’s executive policy committee on Wednesday moprning, Mayor Sam Katz and his EPC colleagues will consider a plan to endorse the following six projects for cash emanating from a new version of Ottawa’s Building Canada Fund:

  • The Waverley Street underpass
  • Marion Street widening and grade separation, which would involve improvements from Archibald Street to Lagimodiere Boulevard
  • A western extension of Chief Peguis Trail from Main Street to Route 90
  • The replacement of the Louise Bridge
  • A southern extension of the William R. Clement Parkway from Grant Avenue to Wilkes Avenue
  • The widening of Kenaston Boulevard and Route 90 from Ness Avenue to Taylor Avenue

In 2011, the city’s Transportation Master Plan pegged the cost of the Chief Peguis extension at $130 million, the Clement Parkway extension at $60 million and the Marion improvements at no less than $70 million.

City budget documents have pegged the cost of a new Louise Bridge at no less than $100 million, but that cost would be greater if they chose a new alignment that would connect Higgins Avenue directly with Nairn Avenue.

The Kenaston widening is estimated to be $265 million. There is no cost estimate available for the Waverley Underpass.

If approved by EPC, the list will move on to city council on Wednesday.

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