WINNIPEG – It’s not quite an “I told you so,” but almost, from Transcona City Councillor Russ Wyatt.
A city committee has agreed to take $8-million from next year’s budget to fix more roads this year – something Wyatt had been pushing for.
He’s not totally taking credit – but says it does look like his persistence paid off.
“Folks logged onto the website and signed petitions and I think it just raised the whole profile of the issue, which was crucial,” Wyatt explains. “We have to make a radical shift to address this huge and growing problem. If we don’t address it now, future councils and future citizens are going to have a massive, massive problem.”
Wyatt argued we should take advantage of low construction costs this year, a price dip that won’t last forever.
“What we have to do as a council is to start dedicating more resources, more dollars towards fixing the roads. We have to start delivering our tenders earlier, to get them out in the wintertime. We have to be the first out into the market so we get the best pricing possible for the citizens of Winnipeg.”
The plan does still need to be approved by the Executive Policy Committee and full council.
One street in each of the city’s 15 wards would be fixed. You can see that list here.