Winnipeg upgraded 137 roads in 2016

Infrastructure Canada
April 27, 2017
By Infrastructure Canada
April 27, 2017 - Modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good paying, middle class jobs. The governments of Canada and Manitoba recognize this, and continue to make investments in roads across Winnipeg in an effort to also make them safer and more reliable for the residents that depend on them every day.

In 2016, Winnipeg was able to upgrade 137 roads thanks, in part, to $36.5 million provided to the city through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF). From smaller projects such as sidewalk renewals and granular lane paving, to the major reconstruction and rehabilitation of main roads, these investments are helping to improve travel throughout Winnipeg. See the full proposed list of 2016 road improvements projects.

"The federal Gas Tax Fund gives communities the flexibility to spend money on infrastructure projects where they need it most. Here in Winnipeg, road and sidewalk improvements are a priority, and these projects make the City's transportation network more efficient and reliable -- helping kids travel safely to their schools and workers arrive on time at their jobs. It will also reduce vehicle repair costs and improve the safety and quality of life for residents for many years to come,” stated Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi.

The city also used some of its annual GTF allocation to improve public transit services across the city in 2016.

"We know improving our roads is Winnipeggers' number one priority so we are investing record amounts in roads and sidewalks with help from the Gas Tax Fund. More modern, reliable road infrastructure is good for Winnipeg's economy and citizens' quality of life,” said Winnipeg city councillor Marty Morantz, Chair, Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba will continue to invest in Winnipeg's roads and bridges recognizing that it supports local businesses, increases tourism, and helps ensure residents travel safely and efficiently throughout the city.

"Our Government's commitment to communities and public infrastructure is allowing Manitoba communities to address their infrastructure priorities while supporting economic growth, a high standard of living, and a safe, healthy environment. We are pleased to support Winnipeg's leadership efforts to deliver improved infrastructure like better roads and sidewalks for our citizens,” stated Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations Eileen Clarke. 

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