PROVINCE PAVES THE WAY TO IMPROVED CITY INFRASTRUCTURE: LEMIEUX
– – – Roads, Bridges, Active Transportation, Recreation Projects all Priorities in Provincial Funding Support
The recent reopening of the Osborne and Disraeli bridges are two significant examples of how partnership can help build a better Manitoba, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux said today.
“By working together with our partners, the City of Winnipeg, the federal government and municipalities, we are creating safer, smoother roads and bridges, investing in our communities and providing Manitoba families with recreational opportunities,” said Lemieux. “With a strong focus on the things that matter most to Manitobans, we have made significant investments in communities across the province.”
This year alone the Manitoba government will invest $160 million through the Building Manitoba Fund, the minister said, adding through this fund, Manitoba invests the equivalent of one percentage point of provincial sales tax revenue in infrastructure and transit priorities that benefit municipalities.
Family-friendly projects like splash pads, pool and arena upgrades and playgrounds are essential to active communities, the minister said, adding the province has committed over $80 million since 2005 toward recreational activities and infrastructure for Manitoba families.
“We’re committed to building our community infrastructure because it’s good for families and it’s good for our economy,” said Lemieux. “With uncertainty in economies everywhere, these investments not only make a difference for people living in those neighbourhoods, but they create good paying jobs.”
This year alone the Manitoba government will invest over $40 million, which is approximately half the cost of all road and bridge renewal projects in Winnipeg in 2012.
Support for Winnipeg roads and bridge projects in 2012 includes:
$13.1 million for regional and residential street renewal,
$2.7 million as part of the province’s $8-million commitment for street widening and intersection improvements on Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway,
$1.7 million as an initial payment towards Manitoba’s $25-million commitment for the new Plessis Road underpass, and
$25 million for road and bridge projects to be determined with the City of Winnipeg.
Since 2007, the province has committed almost $220 million for city street renewal including a
five-year, $125-million road improvements allocation for major road and bridge projects including:
Fort Garry Bridge renewal – $10-million provincial share;
Inkster Boulevard (Keewatin to Brookside) – $7.5-million provincial share;
Osborne Street Bridge – $7.2-million provincial share;
Jubilee Overpass – $4.1-million provincial share;
Chief Peguis Trail – $9-million provincial share; and
active transportation – $6-million committed for 29 projects across Winnipeg including Northeast Pioneer’s Greenway and Shorehill Drive Pathway.
Lemieux said the province has funded 286 road and active transportation projects in the city of Winnipeg between 2007 and 2012.