The City of Winnipeg received a significant boost in funding for road reconstruction, rehabilitation and preservation projects.
The Manitoba Government announced today it is investigating an additional $7.5 million to support road repairs.
“Manitoba's winter and spring weather conditions are harsh and hard on our roads,” said Municipal Relations Minister Andrew Smith. “This year, we have seen potholes around the City of Winnipeg and an increase in costs to the city. That is why our government is providing an additional $7.5 million to the City of Winnipeg for road and pothole repair. This is in addition to the recent historic increase in operating funding from the Manitoba government.”
The minister noted this funding is incremental to previously increased operating and capital funding provided through the Strategic Municipal Investment Fund, Manitoba’s basket funding model.
“Roads move Winnipeg’s economy, and by investing in better maintenance, we are also investing in our city’s future,” said Deputy Mayor Janice Lukes, City of Winnipeg. “We know the freeze-thaw cycle in the spring can wreak havoc on our roads and cost drivers money, so we appreciate this additional funding from our provincial partners. We need to be working in a collaborative way that delivers results for Winnipeggers.”
The funding will support costs related to road infrastructure improvements, including accessing repair materials and supplies and contracting services.
Earlier this year, the Manitoba government announced $23.4 million, or a 17 percent increase, in infrastructure funding to all municipalities by increasing the municipal strategic infrastructure basket to $160 million from $137 million in the 2023 municipal fiscal year.