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The city has chosen PCL Constructors Canada to build its $53 million Winnipeg Transit garage addition.
The civic infrastructure renewal and public works committee unanimously approved the recommendation by city administration at a special meeting held on Tuesday.
Committee chairman Coun. Marty Morantz said the approval means shovels should be in the ground by the end of the month with the project expected to be completed by March 2019.
"This will be a brand-new building," Morantz said.
"It was important for the committee to approve the contract before federal money for it times out. There was some pressure on it."
The federal government is contributing $26 million to the expansion of the transit bus maintenance and repair garage, the province is adding $13 million. The city's share is $14.2 million.
The garage itself will cost $43.9 million to build with the difference from the budgeted $53 million representing project consulting and other up-front expenses, including contingency costs.
The expansion, at Transit's 50-year-old garage on Osborne Street, will increase floor space from 113,000 to 174,000 square feet. It will be constructed next to the new Brandon Avenue garage built in 2014.
Transit officials have said the garage expansion will help them keep up with bus maintenance issues for a vehicle fleet that has grown since the original facility was built.
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