On the campaign trail: Klein promises infrastructure plan; Ouellette eyes rail relocation

Two mayoral candidates took to the campaign trail Wednesday, promising infrastructure and rail relocation plans.

Mayor hopeful Kevin Klein promised to spend $2 million, if elected, on the creation of a strategic infrastructure plan for Winnipeg. He said it would be created by experts in the field, and would be published for the public to track the results.

“We’ve all witnessed road renewal being completed only to be ripped up to start the water and sewer upgrades just a few years later or even one year later,” Klein said Wednesday. “I intend to stop this practice of unnecessary costs and poor planning at the city of Winnipeg.”

Klein said he also wants to see the city use performance metric reporting to address street renewal in the future, adding other municipalities across North America use metrics to guide infrastructure planning.

Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette promised to complete a rail relocation feasibility study if elected.

He said the study would look at the cost of moving most of the heavy rail traffic to new modern yards, and converting the existing rail lines to Rapid Transit lines for a citywide commuter rail network.

“This estimate would include social, economic, and environmental benefits of not having to build major infrastructure projects to work around an existing rail,” he said.

Ouellette pegged the study at $1 million, but said he would look to the feds to help cover the costs.

As of Wednesday, the finalized list of candidates running to be the next mayor of Winnipeg include Glen Murray, Chris Clacio, Kevin Klein, Scott Gillingham, Rana Bokhari, Jenny Motkaluk, Idris Adelakun, Rick Shone, Shaun Loney, Don Woodstock, and Robert-Falcon Ouellette.

 

Election Day is October 26. 

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