Commuters throughout Winnipeg will be needing to find alternate routes as several busy streets are either closing completely or will have major lane closures for the next several months.
With the snow gone and temperatures rising Winnipeg's next unofficial season is upon us with pylons and barricades going up throughout the city.
Jubilee Ave. construction project and lane closures
The biggest closure affecting rush hour drives will be a pavement renewal project on Jubilee Ave. Advance warning signs went up a few weeks ago and now the project is officially underway.
The westbound lanes of Jubilee are now closed completely from Osborne St. to Cockburn St., while eastbound travel will be limited to just one lane. The City of Winnipeg says that it has also deployed "temporary traffic calming devices on neighbouring streets to deter residential street shortcutting."
The project is part of a larger pavement renewal project in the area. It is supported by the Government of Canada's New Building Canada Fund and the Province of Manitoba.
"It will see major reconstruction work including new roadway, cycling, and sidewalk infrastructure that will greatly improve road surface conditions and safety for all users," the City says in a release. "The designs include operational and geometric improvements, and upgrades to meet pedestrian accessibility standards."
The streets included in the project are:
- Dunkirk Drive (Fermor Avenue to St. Mary's Road)
- Jubilee Avenue (Osborne Street to Pembina Highway)
- Pembina Highway (McGillivray Boulevard to Chevrier Boulevard)
The City of Winnipeg says that over 100,000 vehicles use the routes on a daily basis including Transit busses and transport trucks.
The project takes place on critical regional streets that see more than 100,000 vehicles daily, including Transit and trucks, and sit adjacent to residents, businesses, and schools that will be directly affected by construction. The project team is working closely with various City departments to mitigate impacts to parking, Transit service, and both business and residential access through construction.
Stafford St. closure
All southbound lanes of Stafford are now closed from Taylor Ave. to Corydon Ave. The northbound median lane is also closed, as is the east side sidewalk.
That project is slated to last until Oct. 28.
Nairn Ave. construction project
The Nairn overpass and surrounding streets will once again be the subject of a long project. Barricades are now up in the westbound middle lane on the bridge and to Stadacona St.
The eastbound curb lane and median lane are also closed from Stadacona to Watt St. as well as the south side sidewalk.
That project is expected to last until Aug. 31.
Province helping City catch up on repairs
Premier Heather Stefanson will be joining Mayor Brian Bowman Monday morning to announce financial assistance for road repairs. Winnipeg streets have been hit hard by potholes this spring with tens of thousands of holes being filled, and tens of thousands more still needing to be filled.