Much needed resurfacing of Selkirk’s Main Street began Friday and work will continue over the next three weeks to complete 1.5 km of the city’s main thoroughfare.
The project, which will see two inches of surface material milled off the top of the street, from Strathnaver to Manitoba avenues, and replaced with new asphalt, will be cost shared by the Province of Manitoba and the City of Selkirk.
The province will contribute just over $500,000. The city’s share, which will come from reserve funds, will be $215,000.
The entire street surface, including two lanes in each direction, as well as parking lanes and turning lanes, will be resurfaced. While called “Main Street”, the majority of the road is actually part of Highway 9 and is managed by the Province of Manitoba.
Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson said he’s thrilled the province has committed funds to improve Main Street and that it’s going to happen this year. He said this project demonstrates the strong partnership the two levels of government have, and he thanked local MLA Greg Dewar and the Minister of Highways for making it happen.
“This is a big one. We’ve had a list here and we’ve been checking it off as we go and this one was definitely on the list,” Johannson said.
“This is something all citizens have been waiting for and it’s really going to improve the first impressions that anybody that hasn’t been to our city will have when they come into Selkirk.”
Selkirk MLA, and the province’s Finance Minister, Greg Dewar, said the Main Street project benefits the city in several ways.
“We are committed to building the City of Selkirk and improving our roads to benefit families and businesses,” Dewar said.
“And these investments are creating jobs locally, meaning that the whole community benefits from our government’s investments in core infrastructure.”
The condition of Main Street has long been a concern for city residents, and CAO Duane Nicol said the upgrades to Main’s surface align with the city’s strategic plan’s call for smooth operation of transportation systems and more active management of capital assets.
Nicol said the city had funds in reserve, so when the province indicated the work could start this fall, the city was ready.
And he said it is a project Selkirk residents want to see completed.
“We know that this is an issue that concerns local residents, local businesses and it’s been an ongoing issue for some time. The province is well aware of it and they’ve committed to working with us and we’re really happy that they’ve been able to find the resources to make this project happen this year,” Nicol said.
“They should be congratulated on their commitment to infrastructure.”
The city hand-delivered notices about the impending work to affected businesses Friday afternoon.
Nicol said traffic will continue to flow in both directions, as one lane will be open throughout construction. Access to Main from side streets will be limited periodically, but only for short periods of time.
For more information contact:
CAO, City of Selkirk