WINNIPEG – The future of a planned highway bypass of St. Norbert is in doubt.
It was a $400 million dollar promise from the NDP but the new Tory government now say they’re not sure it should be built.
Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen says it comes down to value for money.
“Nothing is ruled out but it’s not ruled in yet either because we have to get a handle on our budget,” he says. Pedersen says the project is “under review.” He says the same thing goes for most if not all of the NDP’s infrastructure promises during the election campaign.
The plan, announced last year, was to have Kenaston stretch out to the Perimeter and eventually connect with Highway 75 via a new bridge over the LaSalle River.
Pedersen is announcing $53 million worth of highway work today, to be cost shared with federal government.
Two stretches of Highway 1 East will be getting face lifts. There will be widening of a 21 km stretch from PTH 11 to Provincial Road 308 and a resurfacing of nearly 32 kilometres from the Brokenhead River to the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway.
Work will also be done on a stretch of Highway 6, notorious for bad crashes. Pavement will be rehabilitated between Provincial Road 248 and Provincial Road 415. Improvements will also be made to intersections and some shoulders will be partially paved with rumble strips.