St. John's to spend $270 M on infrastructure upgrades
New buildings, buses, better roads included in plan
The City of St. John's has released its 2013 capital works budget, which outlines how it will spend $270 million over the next three years.
Coun. Danny Breen, who also chairs the city's finance committee, said the city has increased spending on infrastructure by 40 per cent.
"$270 million in projects by anyone's standard is a significant investment," said Breen. He added the city will spend $60 million alone on expansion to the St. John's Convention Centre.
After that, said Breen, the city has earmarked more than $38 million to resurface and repair streets and sidewalks.
Underneath the streets, the city has set aside $6 million to upgrade the water mains under Portugal Cove Road and Mayor Avenue.
Breen added that the city is also spending $100,000 a long-term water supply review to assess future needs.
Metrobus, the St. John's public transit system, will receive $15 million for new buses, and $30 million has been earmarked for a new recreation centre in Wedgewood Park.
"It's the first purpose-built recreation centre we've had in St. John's," said Breen.
An unallocated $17-million contingency fund has also been set aside.
Breen said most of the budget will be spent in 2013, with major work beginning this summer on roads, underground infrastructure, and buildings.