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Work begins on Waverley Street Underpass Project in Winnipeg

Posted on May 5, 2017
The City of Winnipeg has officially broken ground on the Waverley Street Underpass project. The $155-million, multi-faceted project includes the replacement of the existing at-grade railway crossing at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue with an underpass. The project also includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Waverley Street as well as the widening of Taylor Avenue between Waverley Street and Lindsay Street to four lanes. To keep traffic moving while the underpass is built, a four-lane detour road is now under construction. In addition, several [...]

Winnipeg launches Eastern Corridor transit study

Posted on May 5, 2017
The City of Winnipeg has launched its Eastern Corridor Study, which aims to identify the route for a new rapid transit corridor connecting downtown and eastern Winnipeg, as well as a plan for the Louise Bridge. “The launch of the Eastern Corridor Study represents an important next step toward the further implementation of rapid transit in Winnipeg,” said Councillor Marty Morantz, chair of the standing policy committee on infrastructure renewal and public works. “We are looking forward to hearing citizens’ priorities and ideas for the Eastern Rapid [...]

Manitoba to investigate P3 schools project

Posted on May 3, 2017
The province of Manitoba, in collaboration with the Public Schools Finance Board (PSFB), has released a competitive request for proposals (RFP) to develop a Public-Private Partnership (P3) business case and financial advisory services for constructing four new schools with a total value of over $100 million. “The P3 model has proved to be very successful across Canada and in Saskatchewan in particular for such projects. We have studied these approaches carefully and believe a similar innovative procurement delivery model could mean cost savings and better [...]

Canada, Manitoba invest in Red River College infrastructure

Posted on May 1, 2017
The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced support for the construction of the $95.4-million Innovation Centre at Red River College’s Exchange District Campus. RRC will use government and private-sector funding to develop the new Innovation Centre, the first of its kind in Western Canada. The Innovation Centre will attract an additional 1,200 students to the Exchange District, stimulating economic development and further growth of this historic part of downtown Winnipeg. It will bring together industry, students, instructors, researchers [...]

Voith Hydro to begin installation at Riel Converter Station

Posted on April 24, 2017
Voith Hydro Canada and Stuart Olson Industrial Constructors Inc. are ready to begin the mechanical portion of the installation process at the Riel Converter Station, which is under construction in southern Manitoba. Essential equipment assemblies are currently making their way to the site so that the four Synchronous Condenser units can be installed at the station. The station is part of Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III Transmission Line Project. The first major piece of equipment, one of the stators, or the stationary portion of the Synchronous Condenser [...]

Construction begins on Martensville and Warman overpasses

Posted on April 21, 2017
Construction is now underway on a $60.6 million project to build overpasses on Highway 11 near Warman and Highway 12 at Martensville, Saskatchewan. “Strategic infrastructure investments help address congestion and bottlenecks along vital transportation corridors, and around hubs and ports,” said Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.  “Investing in projects such as these interchanges in Martensville and Warman will help shorten travel times [...]

Report suggests weak business case for Site C Project

Posted on April 20, 2017
The University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance has released a new report that suggests that continuing with the Site C hydroelectric project will cost ratepayers approximately $1.5 billion more than if alternative energy projects had been developed. The Program stated that the purpose of the new report is to provide deeper insight to government, policy-makers, and the general public regarding the economics of the Site C Project. The report addresses whether the Site C Project is past the point of no return from an economic perspective. The [...]

Alta. highways to receive $535M investment

Posted on April 20, 2017
The governments of Alberta and Canada have announced that they will invest a combined $535 million in highway projects across the province. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, have announced funding for 10 bundled highway rehabilitation and improvement projects in Alberta, totalling 96 subcomponent construction projects across the province. The federal government is providing funding for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for [...]

Alta. county invests 59 per cent of capital spending in roads

Posted on April 20, 2017
Alberta’s County of Grande Prairie has made investing in roads is a priority for its 2017 budget. The $132.1 million budget includes estimated expenditures of $56.4 million for capital projects, 59 per cent of which is being allocated to road projects, and $75.7 million for general operations. Approximately $33.2 million is being invested in capital road projects. The proposed new construction includes 29.3 km of road surfacing including the paving of gravel roads, surfaced road overlays, and re-construction, with divisional road projects to be determined [...]

Prov. approves special authority to investigate Manitoba Hydro

Posted on April 19, 2017
The Manitoba government has passed an Order in Council (OIC) providing the Public Utilities Board (PUB) with special authority to access information on Manitoba Hydro’s financial health, capital expenditure plans, cost overruns, and asset values during the process of the 2017–18 General Rate Application (GRA). The announcement was made by Finance Minister Cameron Friesen, minister responsible for the PUB, who said, “Serious concerns have been raised in recent months about the debt of Manitoba Hydro and its impact on both the corporation and the province’s [...]
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