An attempt to delay the Waverley Underpass project was defeated on Wednesday during a city council meeting.
Transcona Councillor Russ Wyatt filed a motion to halt the project in favour of the Chief Peguis Trail extension from Main Street to Route 90. Wyatt’s argument stems from the creation of a task force to investigate the possibility of rail relocation in the city of Winnipeg.
“If we’re going to do rail relocation, let’s make sure this is a real effort and if we have an opportunity to save hundreds of millions of dollars why would we not do that,” Wyatt said.
The Province introduced former Quebec Premier Jean Charest to head up this task force, however city staff have said that any rail relocation projects could take decades and traffic congestion around the rail crossing is at a critical point.
Ultimately, Wyatt’s motion was voted down, 3-13.
“We still need to make decisions today, based on today’s reality,” Mayor Brian Bowman said.
Bowman also confirmed that funding from the new federal Liberal Government has been secured. The province has already committed to their share. Cost estimates pegged the Chief Peguis project at around $800 million.