Friday, April 24, 2009

Dust 'N' Detours: City To Spend $608M On Roadwork

Construction crews tear up sidewalks along the Main last year. The city says it will spend an "unprecented" $608 million to fix roads and water infrastructure this year. Photograph by: John Morstad, Gazette file photo

From The Montreal Gazette:

With roadwork season dawning, the city says Montrealers should brace themselves for a lot of dust, detours and discontent – and be assured that all rules regarding the awarding of contracts have been respected.

The city will spend an “unprecedented amount” – $608 million – in 2009 to fix roads and the leaky water infrastructure under them, Sammy Forcillo, Montreal executive committee member responsible for infrastructure, told reporters Thursday.

That’s a 52-per-cent jump from last year, when the city spent $401 million. This year, the city has 359 projects on its to-do list, up from 193 in 2008.

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