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Local streets to see improvements

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The City of Winnipeg is putting the property tax increase to work.

The city approved a 3.87% property tax increase as part of its budget process in January, with one percentage point of that — approximately $14 million — dedicated to repairing roads and back lanes.

This year, 17 roads and four back lanes will be repaired.

After an announcement at the corner of Walden Crescent and Blue Heron Crescent in Transcona on July 4, Mayor Sam Katz said engineers recommended which roads were in most dire straits.

"I try to make sure it’s always professionals making these decisions and we keep the politicians out of it," Katz said.

Katz said he would like to see the program continue, considering 20% of local roads are in poor condition and another 15% are in need of immediate maintenance.

"The goal is to carry it forward, there’s no question," Katz said. "The hope was to continue it for 20 years, doing it for one year at a time. Future councils will make the decision. That’s the only way to address these problems."

In southwest Winnipeg, the streets and back lane under repair are:

• Laidlaw Boulevard from Cuthbertson Avenue to Mountbatten Avenue.

• Laval Drive from Pasadena Avenue to McMasters Road.

• Mulvey Avenue from Hugo Street North to Cockburn Street North.

• Royse Avenue from Pembina Highway to Hudson Street.

• Academy Street/Kingsway back lane from Montrose Street to Elm Street.

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