Regional Street Renewal Reserve to boost infrastructure repair in 2014
Released: 2:03 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Henderson Highway will undergo major rehabilitation on northbound lanes from McLeod Avenue to Springfield Road in 2014 thanks to the creation of the new Regional Street Renewal Reserve proposed in the City of Winnipeg 2014 Preliminary Capital Budget.
“This plan to renew our regional streets will bring a noticeable improvement to major thoroughfares like Henderson Highway,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “Winnipeggers have told us repeatedly that they want us to fix city streets. The Regional Street Renewal Reserve means we will be able to rehabilitate an additional 48 lane kilometres in need of repair in 2014, enhancing our transportation infrastructure network significantly.”
The Regional Street Renewal Reserve is a new initiative created to increase investment in regional streets and sidewalks, building upon the success of the Local Street Renewal Reserve. A one per cent property tax increase will fund the new reserve, which will be 100 per cent dedicated to regional streets.
“Henderson Highway is a major transportation route through our city,” said Councillor Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan). “We’ve seen extensive new retail construction and renovation investment in this entire area. We want to ensure our regional road network supports these businesses and the people who visit them.”
The Regional Street Renewal Reserve will result in a 113 per cent increase in investment in regional streets in 2014. The Preliminary Capital Budget calls for $3.1 million to be invested in major rehabilitation work along Henderson Highway and another $8.3 million in rehabilitation work along Portage Avenue.
Regional streets carry about 80 per cent of the City’s daily traffic volume, forming the backbone of Winnipeg’s transportation system.
In the first year of implementation of the Regional Street Renewal Reserve, spending on regional streets will total $35.3 million, an increase of $18.8 million over 2013 spending.
This funding proposal was tabled at a meeting of the Executive Policy Committee on November 29, and is subject to approval by City Council on December 17, 2013.
The 2014 Budget builds on the City’s long-term plan to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens by renewing our infrastructure, focusing on core services, and building communities through parks and recreation. Investing in citizens’ priorities ensures that Winnipeg continues to be a great place to live, work and play, now and in the future.
Soil drilling to occur on block between James and William avenues and Princess and King streets
Released: 4:18 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The public is advised that the City of Winnipeg will be conducting drilling to collect data regarding soil conditions on the property between James and William Avenues and Princess and King Streets starting late in the day on Monday, December 2, 2013.
The data being collected is related to environmental testing of the site, as part of the due diligence regarding the future of the property.
The work being conducted will not have any major impact on parking or pedestrian traffic and should be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Mayoral Statement Regarding Situation in Ukraine
Released: 5:00 p.m.
As the Mayor of Winnipeg, I would like to express my support to the people of Ukraine around the world who are concerned about human rights and the future of Ukraine’s political, economic and social development.
I am proud that there are over 110,000 people of Ukrainian descent who call Winnipeg their home. Many of them have relatives in Ukraine who are affected by the current situation in their country. I was troubled by the recent media reports about police brutality on individuals who were expressing their desire to integrate into the European Union in Kyiv's Maidan Nezalezhnosti and throughout other cities in Ukraine.
I support the decision by the Government of Canada and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to condemn the use of violence by Ukrainian authorities against peaceful protesters last weekend.
I would like to emphasize my support for human rights in Ukraine from the heart of Canada where the new national Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be opened less than a year from now.
I sincerely hope citizens’ voices will be heard and respected by the Ukrainian authorities.