Chipping away at our infrastructure deficit


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This article was published 12/05/2021 (751 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

This is going to be another record breaking year for St. Boniface roadwork.

At over $150 million, the 2021 City of Winnipeg budget calls for its fourth record year-over-year spending on local and regional roadwork investment since 2014.

I often get calls to my office, especially after the snow melts, inquiring about when one road or another (usually a local residential street) is going to get its turn for rehabilitation.

What we say every time is that we appreciate your patience, and we’re chipping our way steadily through the infrastructure deficit, rehabilitating more streest every year.

The city makes a major investment in roads each year and it is working through the backlog in a systematic way, but not everything can be done at once.

The best news is that when you compare the reduced backlog with the growing rate of expenditure, we are getting more and more caught up every year.

The plan for St. Boniface ward is below. A thin bituminous overlay (TBO) is a type of resurfacing that extends the life cycle of a good-to fair-condition road at an affordable price. A rehabilitation or reconstruction is a more expensive but necessary complete rebuild of a street that has “failed” in poor condition.

TBO (resurfacing):
• Ashwood Cove;
• Birchdale Avenue ‐ Highfield Street/Lyndale Drive;
• Brereton Road;
• Pauline Boutal Crescent;
• Greenwich Bay;
• Leeward Place;
• Leger Crescent.

• Cormorant Bay;
• Marwood Crescent;
• Sweetwater Bay;
• Watercress Road.

The crown jewel of 2021 roadwork in St. Boniface is Archibald Street, for the second year in a row, with work being done this year from Elizabeth Road to St. Catherine Street just south of Marion, marking phase two of a three-phase project to rehabilitate the entire road from Cottonwood Road to Plinguet Street, funded in part by our federal partners.

We aren’t out of the woods yet. We still have work to do on implementing the City’s new and improved construction standard specs, on ensuring that we are incorporating active transportation into our rebuilds, addressing construction timelines, and other concerns.

Thank you to the people of St. Boniface ward for your patience and co-operation with the ever-growing roster of construction projects that are cutting deep into our infrastructure deficit.

The work continues.

Matt Allard

Matt Allard
St. Boniface ward report

Matt Allard is the city councillor for St. Boniface.

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