Winnipeg city councillor wants voters to decide on re-opening of Portage and Main

Winnipeg city councillor wants voters to decide on re-opening of Portage and Main


A Winnipeg city councillor said its time to take the question of reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians, to voters.

READ: Portage and Main could reopen to pedestrians by fall of 2019

After years of debate, North Kildonan City Councillor Jeff Browaty introduced a motion at city hall Thursday calling for an additional question on the October 24 civic election ballot:

“Do you support the opening of Portage & Main to pedestrian crossings? YES/NO”.

The iconic intersection was closed to traffic in 1979.

Re-opening it to pedestrians was listed as a top priority during Mayor Brian Bowman’s 2014 campaign.

In a statement Browaty said that debate on the opening of Portage & Main has distracted council from ‘more important matter’s.

“Clearly there is still skepticism and concern about the proposed opening of Portage & Main to pedestrians,’ Browaty said in a statement.

“Let’s have the debate, let everyone vote, and finish this debate once and for all.”

The latest report to city hall showed at least one corner of the intersection could reopen by fall of 2019.

 





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