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City to study traffic at Keewatin and Inkster Garden Drive

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Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan has requested the city study whether signals need to be brought back to manage traffic at Keewatin Street and Inkster Garden Drive.

Pagtakhan made the request at the May 14 meeting of the Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan community committee. It will now go to the city’s public works department for study.

Stop signs at the intersection were taken down about a year ago, Pagtakhan said, but Meadows West night shift workers are getting frustrated by long delays trying to turn west off Keewatin onto Inkster Garden during morning rush hour.

"Traffic is getting backed up and clogging up (the intersection)," Pagtakhan said, noting much of the traffic is originating from Adsum Drive and Dr. Jose Rizal Way.

"One resident tell me he had to wait seven minutes at the intersection."

Traffic in the area is only expected to increase in the coming years as Waterford Green, a new 1,100-home suburb north of Meadows West, moves forward, Pagtakhan said.  The city is developing plans to twin Dr. Jose Rizal to accommodate the new traffic.

"The area is developing rapidly," said Pagtakhan.

"It’s coming to that point where we need to twin it."

A tender for work will likely be issued in late 2014, Pagtakhan said.
 

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Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie went on a spending spree at the same meeting, handing out nearly $100,000 worth of community incentive grants to a pair of projects taking place in north Winnipeg.

Eadie awarded Bread of Life Ministry, located at 1338 Main St., $40,000 toward a facility upgrade the ministry says is needed to meet demand for its funeral services and expand the counseling programming it offers.

Eadie approved a $50,000 grant to Strathcona School for its Artful Learning Garden project. In its application, the school said the project will turn a portion of the school’s yard into a "woodland forest" and recreation space, complete with upgraded soccer field and baseball diamond. The area will be used for community events such as concerts and picnics, and will expand on the school’s vegetable gardening and nutrition initiatives.

Eadie has doled out more than $160,000 in community incentive grants so far this year, including funds to the Chinese Dramatic Society, the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, the Punjab Cultural Centre, Action Day Nursery and the West Kildonan Curling Club.

Councillors received $100,000 to give out through the program for 2013.

Following the meeting, Eadie said he has about $100,000 in grant funds remaining.


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