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Winnipeg puts together road repair working group to talk improvements, 24/7 construction

City strikes task force to talk 24/7 road construction
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The City of Winnipeg has a new working group to figure out some best practices when it comes to road construction in the city.

The group, led by infrastructure committee chair Coun. Matt Allard, has been directed to recommend to Mayor Brian Bowman better ways to improve the road repair process.

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“With less capital funding available from the province this year for road improvements, it’s even more important that we consider ways to improve the overall procurement and construction process as well as find ways to strengthen communication with residents and businesses that are affected by road construction work,” said Allard in a statement sent to media.

Members on the working group include:

  • Ron Hambley, President, Winnipeg Construction Association
  • Brad Cook, Incoming President – Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Manitoba
  • Jonathan Alward, Director, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Chris Lorenc, President-Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
  • Felicia Wiltshire, Director of Customer Service & Communications, City of Winnipeg
  • Jim Berezowsky, Director of Public Works, City of Winnipeg
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The group is supposed to come up with advice on improving the procurement, design and road construction process, better the road tendering process, improve communication with residents and businesses and look at 24/7 construction in a fiscally responsible way.

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The City is spending $86.4 million on road repairs this year, including:

  • Empress Street – $2.5 million
  • Garry Street/Notre Dame Street – $4.8 million
  • James Street – $2 million
  • Fermor Avenue – $17.4 million
  • Ellice Avenue – $3.1 million
  • Inkster Boulevard – $4.6 million
  • Main Street – $6.5 million
  • Roblin Boulevard – $4.9 million
  • Corydon Avenue – $3.3 million
  • Archibald Street – $1.23 million
  • Watt Street – $1.25 million
  • Memorial Boulevard – $2.6 million

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