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Jim Maloway, MLA Elmwood
June 18, 2013

Improving Northeast Winnipeg Streets

I rise today to speak to the building and renewal plans for northeast Winnipeg roads.

The Elmwood residents are pleased to know that in partnership with the City of Winnipeg, 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 the Members from Rossmere, Radisson and Concordia, and Dr. Thomas Turgeon of the Concordia Hip & Knee Institute.

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 $19 million provincial investment in improving 47 other streets this year. Many additional streets that my neighbours and I travel often are also 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. Manitoba families depend on safe and well-maintained roads. Our government is investing in projects like these throughout 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.

Residents will also soon benefit from the work being done to twin Plessis Road and create an underpass.

Mr. Speaker, I'm proud that Budget 2013 doubles the level of provincial funding available to repair residential streets. This amount is now $19 million, up from $7 million last year.

Northeast Winnipeg is a priority and I thank the Province for meeting our needs.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.