October 9, 2018
For Immediate Release
Jenny Motkaluk Targets Aging Louise Bridge as Key Infrastructure Priority
Continuous repairs and closures are wasting time, money and snarling traffic in the area
Today – Built in 1881, the Louise Bridge spans the Red River and serves as a vital vehicle traffic link between Elmwood/Transcona to downtown Winnipeg. Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk intends to elevate the century-old and visibly rusted steel bridge to a top infrastructure priority, along with the extension of Chief Peguis West to Route 90.
“The City of Winnipeg has deferred the decommissioning and re-build of this vital bridge numerous times to the point that it requires costly repairs and incurs frequent closures, which strains other routes and causes traffic to back-up for blocks,” says Jenny Motkaluk.
“Let’s face it, this bridge and the residents of Elmwood/Transcona and the surrounding areas have been victims of long-standing political favouritism. The 2011 Transportation Master Plan, approved by council, proposed to build the bridge by 2016… enter Mayor Bowman…then…like so many things at city hall…it simply got lost in the shuffle …again.”
“The underpinnings of this bridge were sunk before cars were even invented… in fact…when the Louise Bridge was built…Saskatchewan and Alberta didn’t even exist… much like leadership at city hall these days.”
“We are wasting tremendous resources closing it down just to patch it up again and again.”
“As Mayor, I will put the NEW Louise Bridge solidly on the top of my priority list and no amount of political pandering or pressure will change that,” concludes Motkaluk.
Jenny would also ensure the modern new bridge would feature 4 lane traffic and will include both bike and pedestrian corridors.
“The bottom line is this…the Louise Bridge has done its job for 137 years… and that’s pretty remarkable…but now it’s rusty and it’s decrepit and, like our current mayor, it needs to be replaced”.
Jenny was joined by City Counsellor Jason Schreyer at this announcement where he will also announce his endorsement of Jenny’s call to rebuild the Louise Bridge.