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Brad Mastervick can hardly wait until the city knocks down his house.
He owns one of three that could be in the way of the $77-million project to widen Plessis Road and build a new rail bridge and underpass to eliminate traffic jams caused by passing trains.
"Even though I might lose my house, it makes sense to take me out," Mastervick said. "For seven years I've watched the traffic come to a stop when a train comes."
The Transcona resident was on hand Tuesday to listen to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, Manitoba's senior MP, say the Plessis Road underpass is now being considered as a priority for funding under the Building Canada Fund.
Should the project get federal approval -- Toews said that shouldn't be a problem -- shovels should be in the ground sometime next year.
Under the deal, Ottawa is to cover up to one-third of the project, up to a maximum of $25 million. The province will also contribute up to $25 million, with the city paying $27 million.
The work will see a two-lane stretch of Plessis Road, between Pandora Avenue and Dugald Road, widened to four lanes. The underpass will be built on Plessis at the CN Redditt rail crossing.
Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt said the challenge will be keeping both traffic and trains moving during the two years of construction.
"We have to build a detour not only for vehicles, we have to build a detour for the trains," Wyatt said. "There's actually a temporary train bridge that has to be built while the construction is going on."
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