WINNIPEG – Ground will soon be broken on Phase Two of the controversial rapid transit plan.
Construction begins next month on the project, which now costs a lot less than it once did.
The city found $120-million in savings, and Asset Management Office Manager Scott Payne explains how.
“One of our most significant costs on the projects was a tunnel proposed at the Letellier Crossing, where the transitway has to cross three sets of rail lines. Our contractor has proposed an overpass. This is one of their innovations that has saved this project significant amounts of money.”
One question that remains is what will be done with all that extra money.
“That decision still has to be made, and that resides with council and how they want to distribute any of those funds or have certain tax implications with it, reduce taxes,” Payne explains. “That’s really a council decision at this point.”
If you want to check out the latest plans for Phase Two the city is holding a public open house at Canad Inns Fort Garry from 4-7 p.m.