WINNIPEG – Winnipeg motorists will be getting some welcome pothole relief. The city with funding help from the province confirmed it has the $49-million to start reconstructing and repairing 100 Winnipeg streets and alleys this year.
“This won’t address everything,” said Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz. “It’s impossible to do everything at once but the bottom line is when you do this reconstruction which we’re doing starting from scratch it’ll have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years which is really important.”
When the work will get underway, is the next question. Frost still sits several feet in the ground and if it’s still there in June, as many are predicting, crews will be delayed for weeks.
“The severe frost will have an impact on the roadway structure, it’ll delay the start of construction season,” said Lester Deane, Public Works at the City of Winnipeg. “You can’t do a lot of meaningful work underground until the frost is out of the ground… the city of Winnipeg roadway construction is only 30 plus weeks so if you lose as many as three weeks you’re losing as much as 10% percent of construction.”
Potholes around the city are nothing new. In fact, after this past winter, they’re expected. But with infrastructure now reigning as biggest issue for Winnipeg residents, civic officials have even more pressure to fix the problem.
But it won’t happen overnight, the pothole problem much greater than the 100 roads on this year’s list.
Winnipeg’s mayor says it could take several years before there’s a noticeable reduction in the bumps on our roads.