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Pembina Highway Speed Limit Review

Perimeter Highway to the La Salle River Bridge

Pembina Highway Speed limit review

The speed on Pembina Highway from the Perimeter Highway to the La Salle River Bridge will be reviewed in the spring of 2018. Before conducting the speed study, the City is asking residents in the area for their input on issues within the speed study area that should be considered when conducting the review and analyzing results. Once the speed limit review is complete, the Public Service will make a recommendation and submit a report to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (SPC-IRPW) in November 2018.


Engage

Thank you to those who took the time to complete the online survey. We received over 250 responses that will help shape the speed limit review.

Residents of the area received a postcard inviting them to participate in the online survey from April 9 to April 30. We asked the public to identify areas of concern on Pembina Highway between the Perimeter Highway and the La Salle River Bridge. Identified areas of concern will assist those conducting the speed study when designing it and analyzing its results. The online survey also asked for information on your priorities when it comes to the speed limit on Pembina Highway from the Perimeter Highway to the La Salle River Bridge.

If you are interested in receiving updates as the speed review moves forward, please provide your contact information here.

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Timeline

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Background

Speed Studies

Speed studies are conducted by collecting speed data and analyzing the data to determine if a change is speed is recommended, and where the recommended change would apply. Data is collected over the course of approximately one week.

The most important data collected is the 85th percentile – the speed at or below which 85% of motorists operate their vehicles.

Other elements reviewed and considered include:

  • Collision history
  • Adjacent land use
  • Frequency of driveway and street intersections
  • Road design and geometry
  • Pedestrian and cyclist exposure
  • Presence of roadside hazards
  • High speed to low speed transitions

All speed limit changes in Winnipeg must be approved by the Provincial Highway Traffic Board.

Only the SPC-IRPW, as the City’s traffic authority, can authorize a request to the Highway Traffic Board (HTB) for a speed limit change in the city.

Speed Study History

A proposal to increase the speed limit on Pembina Highway between Ducharme Avenue and rue des Trappistes was considered and approved by the Highway Traffic Board over 10 years ago.

Following the approval of the proposed increase, members of the community expressed opposition and the Highway Traffic Board held a public meeting at the St. Norbert Community Centre. Following the meeting, the Highway Traffic Board reversed its decision to increase the speed limit to 60 km/h on this section of Pembina Highway and ordered the restoration of a 50 km/h speed limit.

In 2007, the City's Public Works Department submitted a report to the Riel Community Committee for their consideration of a proposed increase in the speed limit on Pembina Highway between Ducharme Avenue and rue des Trappistes from 50 km/h to 60 km/h, as well as an increase in the speed limit on Pembina Highway between rue des Trappistes and the south City limit. On December 4, 2007, the Riel Community Committee voted to hold a decision on the matter until the area concept plan for the St. Norbert community is complete.

In 2017, a speed limit review was conducted on Pembina Highway south of the La Salle River Bridge. SPC-IRPW authorized the Public Service to apply to the Highway Traffic Board to increase the speed limit from a 60 km/h zone to a 70 km/h zone. Please see the South of La Salle Review tab for more information.

On January 30, 2018, the SPC-IRPW directed the Winnipeg Public Service to report back to the February 27, 2018 meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works with a course of action, working with various stakeholders, on a strategy for a speed study in the area from the Perimeter to the La Salle Bridge.

On February 27, 2018, the SPC-IRPW received the verbal report as information, and further directed the Public Service to report back to its meeting on November 20, 2018 with the results of the traffic study and public engagement survey.

Planning

In 2010, the St. Norbert Main Street Planned Development Overlay (PDO) was approved: Schedule N in the Zoning By-law (see page N-1 in the Zoning By- law). The PDO includes area specific land use/development standards for the properties in St. Norbert abutting Pembina Highway between the Perimeter Highway and the La Salle Bridge.  The goal of the PDO is to respect and reinforce the character of St. Norbert’s Main Street. 

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Postcard Invitation to participate in survey 2018-04-02 Community Invitation

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the City reviewing the speed limit on Pembina Highway from the Perimeter Highway to the La Salle River Bridge?

On January 30, 2018, the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works directed the Public Service to work with various stakeholders on a strategy for a speed study in the area from the Perimeter to the La Salle Bridge.

How can I provide input?

Visit the Engage tab for more information.

Maps

Existing and Proposed speed limit change on Pembina Highway

Map

South of La Salle Review

In spring 2017, the Transportation Division received a 311 request from an area resident requesting a review of the speed limit on Pembina Highway with a view to increase it from 60km/h. Following this request, a speed review on Pembina Highway south of the La Salle River Bridge was undertaken by the City’s Public Works Department.

The review considered a number of factors relating to the speed limit including but not limited to:

  • Speed data collected in April 2017
  • Roadway geometry
  • Land Use
  • Progression of stepping down speed limits from rural to urban environment
  • Pedestrian and cyclist exposure
  • Roadside hazards
  • Number of intersections

As a result of the review, on September 11, 2017, the Public Works Department made a recommendation to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (SPC-IRPW) that the Public Service be authorized to apply to the Highway Traffic Board to change the speed limit on Pembina Highway from 60km/h to 70km/h from 76 metres south of the south end drive of the La Salle River Bridge and a point 305 metres south of Turnbull Drive. 

At the September 11, 2017 SPC-IRPW meeting, the matter was laid over for one month to determine a plan to engage the public on this issue. Following the creation of that plan, the matter was laid over for 90 days at the October 31, 2017 SPC-IRPW to allow time to conduct public engagement.

The public engagement summary was submitted as an administrative report for SPC-IRPW consideration on January 30, 2018. SPC-IRPW authorized the public service to apply to the Provincial Highway Traffic Board to change the speed limit. The Highway Traffic Board will make the decision on the City's request to change the speed limit.

Existing and Proposed speed limit change on Pembina Highway

Engagement

Thank you to those who attended the information session on November 30, 2017 and completed an online survey. There were approximately 35 community members in attendance at the event and approximately 600 surveys were completed in total (online and in-person). The survey was open from November 16, 2017 to December 7, 2017.

The public engagement summary is now available online. The public engagement summary was submitted as an administrative report for SPC-IRPW consideration on January 30, 2018. Those who provided their contact information were notified of the meeting date.

Timeline

Timeline

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Postcard Invitation to Information Session 2017-11-16 Community Letter
News release 2017-11-16 News release
Speed Limit on Pembina Highway South of the La Salle River Bridge Report 2017-10-31 Report
Public Engagement Summary 2018-01-12 Report
Last update: May 1, 2018