WINNIPEG – When will the intersection at Portage and Main be opened to pedestrians?
Well, that depends on who you ask at City Hall.
On Tuesday, the head of the city’s Public Works Department, Lester Deane, told reporters it could be two years before the planning is completed and the works gets underway.
But on Wednesday, Mayor Brian Bowman said that’s not accurate.
“There are no timelines that are contemplated yet,” Bowman said. “We’ll continue to have the discussions with the property owners, all of whom have been extremely collaborative – the discussions are going very well.”
There is no money in the upcoming budget for the project, but the city’s Chief Administrative Officer Doug McNeil said there is a report coming to councillors that will outline the full plan, including costs and a timeline.
“Lester probably made the assumption based on the fact that we didn’t put anything in the 2017 budget, assuming that we would put something in the 2018 budget that it would take two years, but it is possible for us to advance that schedule,” McNeil said.
Bowman has said he hopes to have the busy intersection open to pedestrians in time for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.