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Province, RM announce replacement of Grassmere Drain Bridge

Posted: March 21, 2019

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler with Mayor Cheryl Christian are flanked by, left to right, Couns. Dorothy Kleiber, Stan Parag and Giorgio Buscetti, and CAO Brent Olynyk.

Province, RM announce replacement of Grassmere Drain Bridge


West St. Paul Mayor Cheryl Christian and council members joined Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler today to announce the replacement of the Grassmere Drain structure on Main Street and two new pedestrian bridges.


"On behalf of the RM of West St. Paul, I want to thank Minister Schuler and his department for moving forward with this important bridge replacement project,” Christian said during the announcement in front of the Municipal Office.


"This is exciting news for West St. Paul, our residents and surrounding communities. Replacing the bridge on Hwy. 9 addresses flooding and drainage concerns in our community as well as neighbouring communities along the Grassmere Drain.”


The existing culvert is more than 100 years old and was due for replacement, Schuler said.


"The replacement of the Grassmere Drain culvert at Hwy. 9 is long overdue and is much needed for the West St. Paul community, as well as those who commute on Main Street each and every day,” Schuler said.


"This project will not only enhance flood protection and improve drainage but increase public safety.”


The Manitoba Government and the RM are partnering on two pedestrian bridges as part of the project. The costs of their design and construction are being shared by the province and the RM.


"With the installation of two pedestrian bridges, one on Main Street and the other off Grassmere Road, which will provide a link to the Sunova Centre, this project improves public safety and promotes a connected and active community,” Christian said.


"As mayor of West St. Paul, I really appreciate Minister Schuler’s strategic approach to addressing this drainage, flooding and public safety issue.”


The $7.6 million project is expected to be complete in 2020. The province is consulting with community members to ensure minimal interruption to traffic and businesses in the area.