Winnipeg, July 12, 2010

Archived - Chief Peguis Trail Extension to Ease Traffic Congestion, Take Pressure off Neighbourhood Roads

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Governments of Canada, Manitoba and City of Winnipeg Join in Public-Private Partnership to Ensure Safer Communities, Create Local Jobs

On behalf of the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada will contribute up to $25 million through the P3 Canada Fund towards the Chief Peguis Trail extension.

“Our Government believes that better infrastructure is essential to economic growth and competitiveness, and allows Canadians to enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world,” said Minister Toews. “P3s are an innovative approach to infrastructure investment that will help improve our cities and communities. The extension to Chief Peguis Trail will get traffic off residential streets, making them safer for families, and it will improve the daily commute for Winnipeggers.”

Minister Toews was joined at the event by his colleague, the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Manitoba Minister of Local Government, and by Jeff Browaty, City Councillor for North Kildonan, on behalf of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz. The Province of Manitoba will invest up to $9 million to deliver necessary improvements to the Chief Peguis Trail. The remainder of the project's construction and maintenance costs will be financed by the City of Winnipeg and a private sector partner.

“Thanks to this agreement, the Chief Peguis Trail will be extended eastward by almost four kilometres from Henderson Highway to Lagimodiere Boulevard,” Minister Lemieux said. “Motorists will have an easier time travelling from Main Street to the East End while North Kildonan residents will see a dramatic reduction in the number of cars and trucks on their neighbourhood streets.”

 “The growth of northeast Winnipeg has generated the need for improved east-west traffic routes,” explained Councillor Browaty. “Phase 2 of the Chief Peguis Trail will help remove pass-through traffic from local streets, offer recreational and active transportation trails and provide opportunities for sustainable growth.”

“Public-private partnerships bring together important public infrastructure initiatives and the expertise of the private sector,” said Greg Melchin, Chair of PPP Canada.  “PPP Canada is committed to making this happen in a way that ensures value for Canadian taxpayers.”

The Project will also include noise walls and berms to reduce traffic noise; landscaping; and multi-use pathways to encourage walking and cycling. The funding will support the Public Service’s recommendations to Council to construct the underpass at Rothesay as part of the Chief Peguis Trail extension.

For further information, media may contact:

Annette Robertson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

Michelle Bailey
City of Winnipeg
Corporate Communications

Rachel Morgan
Province of Manitoba
Cabinet Communications

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