'It will take us right off the map': Concerns over impact of proposed St. Norbert bypass
Jeff Keele, CTV Winnipeg
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:49PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 6, 2016 6:47PM CST
A Winnipeg woman is concerned a planned bypass will run over her business.
Darlene Dolinski has operated a horse farm in rural St. Norbert for 20 years. She worries her business and way of life is in jeopardy because of the $400 million highway project.
"It will take us right off the map; we'll just be a big field," said Dolinski.
The Selinger government has promised to build a bypass around St. Norbert.
To do that, it will have to negotiate to buy or expropriate land. Dolinski believes the wooded area on her property she uses for riding horses is in the line of sight.
She said that will cut into her profits.
"We're hitting about $800,000 a year. I wouldn't be surprised if we miss 50 per cent of our business now," said Dolinski.
She's not the only one with concerns. St. Norbert City Councillor Janice Lukes said while the bypass is needed, she wonders about the future of La Barriere Park, which could also be in the way of development.
"Many people use it, many more are starting to use it as Waverley West is expanded. It would be an absolute travesty if this highway went through La Barriere Park," said Lukes.
Manitoba's infrastructure minister stresses no decisions have been made when it comes to route options. Steve Ashton said design work will take a year and a half and then property owners will be consulted before anything moves ahead.
“There'll be a full opportunity for the public to have their say and input from community leaders as well. Our goal is to build the bypass and minimize the impact on local residents,” said Ashton.
Provincial officials estimate 10 to 20 properties will need to be acquired.
Shovels are expected to hit the ground within five years, with the project set for completion in a decade.