Spring has arrived and with it, the beginning of our 2017 road construction season.
Once again this year, the City’s budget included a record amount of spending directed towards road repairs and once again, a significant portion of that has been directed towards St. James-Brooklands-Weston. I am proud of that fact as infrastructure renewal was the priority of my 2014 election campaign and I am working hard to fulfil that mandate.
Many regional streets in the ward were rebuilt or resurfaced in 2016, such as Ness Avenue, Keewatin Street and Logan Avenue. This year will see completion of St. James Street north of Portage Avenue finally be completed after years of need. Preliminary work such as overpass testing and bank stabilization will begin on the Empress Street rebuild and realignment. Once these two projects are complete, there will be a noticeable improvement driving in the Polo Park shopping region. This will mean that St. James and Winnipeg will be putting its best foot forward as this area of the City is a draw for visitors from all over the world.
Another road construction project I am happy to have supported will be the badly-needed reconstruction of St. Matthews Avenue between Route 90 and Ferry Road. With the extension of St. Matthews connecting to St. James Street to the east, this stretch of street has seen an increase in usage and anyone who has driven it recently understands how badly it has deteriorated. With this summer’s reconstruction, it will be brand-new and ready to handle traffic needs in the area for decades to come. Also exciting about this project will be the active transit component which will connect the Yellow Ribbon trail to the downtown network of bike paths.
We have continued rebuilding our residential streets network. This has been a deliberate process with budget to rebuild only a handful of blocks every summer. However, year by year, conditions are improving and streets that were once blocks of pot holes and rutting are now changing to smooth asphalt.
In 2017, five streets are being rebuilt: Deer Lodge Place, Moorgate Street between Bruce and Lodge, Olive Street north of Portage Avenue to Lodge, Alexander Avenue from McPhillips to Yeomans and finally Lake Street south of Portage Avenue to Assiniboine Crescent. These works will address badly needed repair locations and will continue to replenish our residential street system.
Finally, always remember: Drive safely through construction zones.
Have a great summer. Contact me at 204-986-5848 or email email@example.com. Visit my website, scottgillingham.ca to sign up for my e-newsletter.