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Waverley underpass funding announcement expected Thursday

A City of Winnipeg June 2014 map shows plans for a railway underpass on Waverley Street near Taylor Avenue and other improvements. City of Winnipeg / winnipeg.ca

WINNIPEG – Funding for a railway underpass on Waverley Street near Taylor Avenue is expected to be announced Thursday as announcements are made before a federal election call expected Sunday.

Mayor Brian Bowman, Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell and Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman will make an infrastructure funding announcement at the southeast corner of Waverley and Taylor at 11 a.m., media were told Wednesday.

The City of Winnipeg chose the underpass as its top infrastructure priority in March. Trains across Waverley often cause major rush-hour traffic delays on the busy corridor. The crossing is used by 35 to 40 trains and about 30,000 vehicles daily, according to a city report that calls it a “major bottleneck.”

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The city will keep both Waverley and Taylor open during construction, a city report on the project states.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is widely expected to make an early federal election call on Sunday. Under the fixed-date election law, voting day is Oct. 19.

READ MORE: Stephen Harper expected to make early federal election call this weekend

Bateman is considered one of the Conservative MPs who will be in a tough fight to keep her seat in the election. Winnipeg South Centre was held by the Liberals from its creation in 1988 until Bateman won by less than 1,000 votes in 2011. Her challengers are Liberal Jim Carr and New Democrat Matt Henderson.

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