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Winnipeg committee rejects plan of ‘putting a road through people’s homes’

A city hall committee is considering a motion today to kill a proposal to widen Sterling Lyon Parkway.
A city hall committee is considering a motion today to kill a proposal to widen Sterling Lyon Parkway. Chris Stanton / Global News

A city hall committee has rejected a plan to extend Sterling Lyon Parkway west.

Dozens of Charleswood area residents gathered at city hall Tuesday to hear whether councilors will vote against a proposal that could see a highway run right through their neighborhood.

Marty Morantz, councillor for Charleswood, Tuxedo and Whyte Ridge, introduced the  motion to the public works committee Tuesday that put an end to the proposed extension of Sterling Lyon Parkway.

“I want to kill this ridiculous idea of putting a road through people’s homes,” Morantz said.

Morantz was one of many residents shocked to hear about a controversial proposal to extend Sterling Lyon south of Wilkes, impacting 96 properties.

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The plan was shared by the city with homeowners earlier this month.

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“I was very surprised because this alignment that was presented to the public in early October was never presented in the last two years of public consultations,” Morantz said.

Both Morantz and residents in his ward had believed the plan the city was going to implement to deal with more traffic in that area was a widening of Wilkes.

On Tuesday the public works committee voted in favor of that plan, but it still has to be approved by EPC and City Hall.  And Morantz said there is still the issue of how the extension of Sterling Lyon was pitched to residents, before councillors ever heard of the plan.

“I have told the CAO that I want the individuals at the city of Winnipeg who were on this file, the engineers on this file to be removed. I don’t think there is trust anymore,” Morantz said.