Lots of street improvements coming

By: Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

July 3, 2013

Residents of Elmwood have identified the state of city streets and local traffic routes as important issues that need to be addressed. Now that construction season has begun in earnest, some key projects are particularly welcome.

Elmwood residents will be pleased to know that the province is investing $5 million in the Molson Street Twinning Project. Work will begin this summer and will reconstruct Molson and Panet Road between Munroe Avenue and Concordia Avenue.

I was pleased to attend the announcement with the premier and Rossmere MLA Erna Braun, Radisson MLA Bidhu Jha, and Concordia MLA Matt Wiebe as well as Dr. Thomas Turgeon of the Concordia Hip & Knee Institute, which is located on Molson.

Molson, a major thoroughfare in northeast Winnipeg, will become a much-needed four-lane divided roadway and will include bike lanes in both directions. These upgrades will help with traffic flow and will be completed next year. Residents of the northeast quadrant will experience smoother and safer drives.

The funding for the Molson twinning project is a welcome announcement, along with the $14 million the province is investing in 47 other streets this year. Many additional streets that my neighbours and I often travel are being upgraded.

They are: Watt Street, Brazier Street, Dunrobin Avenue and Frasers Grove in Elmwood, Kildare Avenue and Walden Crescent in Transcona, and Grandview Street and Irving Place. The changes to these residential and commercial areas are welcome improvements to our critical infrastructure.

Yes, there are more than a few streets that are in need of repair, and we hope the city will be able to repair them sooner rather than later. The city prioritizes road repair based on criteria such as attendant sewer and water issues, so we leave it to them to establish the priorities.

Manitoba families depend on safe and well-maintained roads. Our government is investing in projects like these through the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan. The well-being of our residential communities and the businesses that serve them depend, in part, on enhancements made to the streets and roads that connect us.

The recent provincial budget more than doubles the level of provincial funding available to repair residential streets. This amount is now $14 million, up from $7 million. Northeast Winnipeg is a priority and I thank the province for meeting our needs.