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Re-opening Portage & Main

An interview with Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham

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Mayor Scott Gillingham

The intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street in downtown Winnipeg has seen many important celebrations and events throughout the years. From Armistice Day in 1918 and the General Strike of 1919, to the many Santa Claus parades and the return of professional hockey in 2011, among others. The famous intersection has been closed to pedestrian traffic since 1979 after the construction of an underground concourse.

Now, with the release of a report that would have the city government shelling out more than $73 million dollars to repair a leaking membrane that protects the underground concourse from water leakage, Winnipeg mayor Scott Gillingham supports the closing of the concourse and wants pedestrians to be able to cross the Portage and Main intersection at ground level by July 1, 2025.

Lucille Nolasco-Garrido of Pilipino Express(PE) recently spoke to Mayor Scott Gillingham about the reopening and other important issues.