Manitoba

Waverley underpass project gets OK from executive policy committee

The massive Waverley Street underpass project was approved by the City of Winnipeg's executive policy committee on Wednesday.

Proposed $155-million project now heads to council next week for a final vote

Approximately 40 trains pass through the Waverley Street railway crossing every day. (CBC)

Winnipeg drivers frustrated by long train delays at the Waverley Street crossing are one vote away from knowing if something will finally be done.

The proposed $155-million Waverley underpass project was given a thumbs up by the city's executive policy committee on Wednesday morning. It heads to council next week for a final vote.

Wednesday's discussion around the project wasn't nearly as hostile as last week's debate, when the city's public works committee heard from some councillors who were angry about what they said was a lack of information about the plan.

They also criticized the cost-benefit analysis done on the project by city staff and said they would need more details before they would consider approving the work.

The EPC, however, is composed of the mayor's closest allies and Mayor Brian Bowman has long pushed for the underpass.

The debate at council will likely be a little more heated as some councillors have called for the project to be delayed until a task force, headed by former Quebec premier Jean Charest, can examine the possible relocation of rail yards out of Winnipeg. 

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