Better roads will be built faster and by the private sector under mayoral candidate Gord Steeves’ Rebuilding Winnipeg Infrastructure Plan.
“My plan is the only one which will inject $150 million per year into rebuilding infrastructure,” Steeves said. “I will ensure that money is spent on building quality regional and local streets which are built right the first time so we don’t have to keep going back to make repairs every 10 years.”
By spending $150 million per year on road and other infrastructure renewal, Steeves will increase the city’s current infrastructure renewal budget by 45 percent. By cancelling $600 million to $1 billion in spending for Phase 2 of Bus Rapid Transit, and selling city owned golf courses, Steeves ensures this infrastructure renewal will take place without a property tax increase.
Steeves added projects can be done faster and more efficiently by both closing the road sections being rebuilt and with a 24-hour, seven-day construction work schedule. He also pledged this work would be done by private sector companies. Approving the city’s capital budget in November will ensure this work can be properly planned.
Building roads properly, the first time, will also limit future traffic disruptions caused by road maintenance. Well-built roads lasting 50 years instead of 10 years require less maintenance and over time are cheaper for taxpayers.
There will also be better planning for future infrastructure maintenance. Under the Steeves plan, two percent of the property taxes collected from properties in new developments will be put into a reserve fund to cover the eventual maintenance and renewal of those roads.