Winnipeggers can get ready for a busy construction season in 2018.
The city released its list of roads that will be fixed next year after allocating $116 million in the budget for road renewal. That was an increase of $11 million from 2017.
The list of roads set for repairs are the following:
- Empress Street/Empress Street E/Westway/Eastway – St. Matthews to Portage
- Pembina Highway, northbound – Ducharme to Cloutier
- McPhillips Street, north and southbound – Logan to Jarvis
- Garry/Notre Dame Avenue – Notre Dame to Assiniboine/Portage to Princess
- Portage Avenue & Main Street
- St. James Street – Sargent to Ellice
- McGregor Avenue – Selkirk to Mountain
- Roblin Boulevard, east bound – Assiniboine Park Drive to Shaftesbury
- Fermor Avenue – St. Anne’s to Archibald
The city also has a wish list for more roads to complete if federal funding of $182 million comes through.
- Portage Avenue, east bound – Woodlawn to Garden
- Portage Avenue, east and westbound – Main to Memorial
- Pembina Highway, north and southbound – Ducharme to Des Trappistes
- Kind Edward Street, north and southbound – Hyde to Logan
- Grant Avenue, east and westbound – Cambridge to Wilton
- Selkirk Avenue, east and westbound – Arlington to Sinclair
- Salter Street, east and westbound – Flora to Mountain
- University Crescent, north and southbound – Pembina to Chancellor Matheson
- Broadway Street, east and westbound – Osborne to Main
- Keewatin Street, north bound – Inkster to Adsum
- Pandora Street, east and westbound – Wayoata to Day
- Roblin Boulevard, east and westbound – Dieppe to Barker
- Dunkirk Street, north and southbound – St. Vital Bridge to St. Vital Road
- Archibald Street, north and southbound – Elizabeth to Fermor
- Regent Avenue, east and westbound – Rougeau to Plessis
- Corydon Avenue, east and westbound – Wilton to Cambridge
- Sturgeon Avenue, north and southbound – Ness to Portage
- Lagimodiere Boulevard, north and southbound – Knowles to Springfield
- Erin Street, southbound – Notre Dame to Wellington
- Sargent Avenue, southbound – Arlington to Erin
Catherine Mitchell of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) said while the City’s list of projects is long, it is do-able.
“The heavy construction industry recognizes that the city’s proposed plan for local and regional streets renewal in 2018 is at a higher level than any previous year. Our industry has ample capacity for the proposed work. The key is for the city to advertise the tenders early, and award the contracts to the bidders in a timely fashion so the industry contractors can plan their resources and, most importantly, allowing the road work to start when the thaw is out of the ground,” Mitchell said.
“The MHCA has been working with the City of Winnipeg to make improve the procurement process, which ultimately would see taxpayers getting greater value for the same budget level, because early tendering and awards take real advantage of competitive prices in the bidding process and makes fuller use of the short construction season that is available to us in our climate.”
The list of 20 roads would be renewed over six years.