Henderson Highway and Gateway Road will be improved as part of the City of Winnipeg’s 2014 preliminary capital budget.
When the city unveiled its preliminary budget on Nov. 29, it included a 1% increase in the property tax rate earmarked for a new regional street renewal reserve. The increase is expected to raise approximately $4.7 million. The city also plans to borrow $10 million for regional street renewal, and will use its reserve fund to pay off the debt.
As part of this plan, the city announced Dec. 2 it will fund a major rehabilitation of northbound Henderson Highway between McLeod Avenue and Springfield Road in 2014. The work is expected to cost approximately $3.1 million.
Browaty said while "nobody likes to raise taxes", the program will enable the city to tackle construction on Henderson in a much more timely fashion.
"This was not going to be done in 2014, but we now have this enhanced program which is going to allow it to be done this year," Browaty said.
"It wasn’t scheduled for the next three years."
Browaty said the street will be in "new condition" when the work is finished.
"They’ll be removing a lot of concrete, curbing, (there will be) median work," he said. "It’s quite a major, major rehab."
Browaty also said a roundabout will be installed on Gateway Road at Sun Valley Drive at a cost of approximately $2 million.
"I get no end of complaints about the way traffic backs up at that intersection, especially in the afternoon rush-hour," he said. "It’s, honestly, dangerous — cars back up (on Gateway) all the way from Sun Valley into Chief Peguis (Trail). Cars trying to turn off of Chief Peguis are often trapped in the intersection against the green light for east-west traffic."
The capital budget is subject to approval by City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting.