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Downtown Road Renewals 2019-2023

2019-2023 Downtown Streets Renewal Project is supported by the Government of Canada New Building Canada Fund and the Province of Manitoba. It will see major rehabilitation work done on numerous streets in the city's Downtown and will ultimately greatly improve road surface conditions.


Updates

August 17, 2020 – Construction on the Carlton Street portion of the Downtown Pavement Renewals Project – 2020 begins today. Work between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue is expected to last four weeks, during which one lane of traffic and the bike lane will be maintained. Parking and loading zones will be removed.

May 4, 2020 - construction will begin on May 11 and will include the following locations and estimated timelines:

Fort Street between Broadway and Graham Avenue: May-September 2020
Work will include: pavement reconstruction from Broadway to Graham Avenue including concrete sidewalk and street reconstruction. The work will also include underground infrastructure and utility repairs and renewals. All parking and loading zones will be removed during construction. One lane of traffic and the bike lane will be maintained.

Hargrave Street between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue: May-July 2020
Work will include: pavement reconstruction from Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue, including concrete sidewalk reconstruction, street reconstruction and the addition of a protected bike facility on the east side of the street. The work will also include underground infrastructure and utility repairs and renewals. All parking and loading zones will be removed during construction. One lane of traffic and the bike lane will be maintained.

Portage Avenue between Memorial Boulevard and Fort Street: July-August 2020
Work will include: asphalt overlay from Memorial Boulevard to Fort Street including sidewalk repairs, curb repairs and street pavement repairs followed by an asphalt overlay. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout construction, and parking/loading zones will be maintained where possible but will be removed at times.

Carlton Street between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue: August 2020, inclusive
Work will include: asphalt overlay from Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue including sidewalk repairs, curb repairs, and street pavement repairs followed by an asphalt overlay. All parking and loading zones will be removed during construction. One lane of traffic and the bike lane will be maintained.

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Construction notices related to work in the project area will be posted on here prior to construction. If you have questions about road renewals or want to receive construction notices via email please contact Debbie Hillman at AECOM Canada 204-928-7445 or Debbie.hillman@aecom.com

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Project Timeline

2020 Construction Timeline

2020 timeline

2020 Construction Timeline

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Timeline

2019-2023 Downtown Streets Renewal Project will see major rehabilitation work done on numerous streets in the city's Downtown and will ultimately greatly improve road surface conditions. The 2020 work has been tendered and a Contractor selected, construction will begin in spring 2020 and continue through the 2023 construction season.

Construction notices advising of local impacts such as temporary lane closures will be posted in the Updates tab section in advance of each construction phase. Businesses and other area stakeholders will be notified directly in advance of local construction.

2020 Construction activities - May through October 2020

May – September 2020

  • Fort Street between Broadway and Graham Avenue: Pavement reconstruction from Broadway to Graham Avenue will consist of removal and replacement of the existing pavement, and construction of new concrete sidewalks including minor streetscaping.  Scheduled to commence May 2020, completion expected in September of 2020.

May - July 2020

  • Hargrave Street between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue: Pavement reconstruction from Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue will consist of removal and replacement of the existing pavement, construction of new concrete sidewalks including minor streetscaping.

July – August 2020

  • Portage Avenue between Memorial Boulevard and Fort Street: Pavement, curb and sidewalk repairs as necessary followed by a new asphalt overlay.  Asphalt paving on Portage Avenue to take place evenings and weekends.

August 2020

  • Carlton Street between Portage Avenue and Ellice Avenue: Pavement, curb and sidewalk repairs as necessary followed by a new asphalt overlay.                 

Transit:

Transit Service is to be maintained throughout construction, however temporary bus stop relocations or closures may be required at various times. Access to businesses will be maintained as much as possible with short term, temporary adjustments as required. Any disruption to access will be discussed with the applicable business/resident, prior to the disruption.

Traffic restrictions:

A minimum of one lane of traffic will be maintained on Fort Street, Carlton Street and Hargrave Street during construction, bike lanes will be maintained, but parking/ loading zones will be removed during construction.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Portage Avenue during construction and parking/ loading zones will be maintained when possible.

    • Left turns to sides streets will be maintained to the maximum extent possible
    • Additional lanes of traffic will be maintained where possible.
    • Pedestrian access will be maintained to the extent possible. Prior to interruptions to access the applicable property owner will be notified.
    • Accommodation for cyclists will be made during construction to assure their safe passage through the construction zones.

Anticipated 2021 Construction

    • TBC

Full project completion: fall 2023

Background

2019-2023 Downtown Streets Renewal Project is supported by the Government of Canada New Building Canada Fund and the Province of Manitoba. It will see major rehabilitation work done on numerous streets in the city's Downtown and will ultimately greatly improve road surface conditions.

The following streets are included in the project:

  • Broadway (Osborne Street to Main Street)
  • Carlton Street (Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue)
  • Donald Street (St. Mary Avenue to Broadway)
  • Donald Street (Broadway to Gertrude Avenue)
  • Fort Street (Broadway to Graham Avenue)
  • Portage Avenue (Memorial Boulevard to Main Street)
  • Smith Street (Notre Dame Avenue to Graham Avenue)
  • Smith Street (Graham Avenue to Donald Street Bridge)
  • Hargrave Street (Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue)
  • Hargrave Street (Broadway to York Avenue)

The project will not have permanent implications for parking, loading, intersection geometries or routing; because of the project's limited scope it will not include any public engagement activities.

Instead, the City is reaching out to and meeting with businesses, residents and property owners in the area to gather information about areaways, parking and loading needs, and planned private construction or renovations; this information will help us stage construction to minimize impact on area stakeholders and will also allow us to make accommodations where necessary.

We have been meeting with impacted downtown stakeholders and planning construction stages over the last several months. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing recommendations, we anticipate all outreach in the immediate future will be done remotely via post, email, phone, or video call. We ask stakeholders to be patient as we navigate these uncertain times.

At this time, we anticipate road construction to begin as planned for the 2020 construction season. Road renewal construction on Fort Street and Hargrave Street will commence in mid-May and continue on Portage Avenue and Carlton Street in July and August 2020.

For a full schedule of planned construction see the Map tab.

If you own or lease property in the area and believe you may be impacted by this project, please feel free to reach out to us at downtownstreets@winnipeg.ca.

Once staging is established, we will also launch a number of proactive communications activities to help keep commuters through, and visitors to, the area informed of traffic implications.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Construction Notice - May 2020 2020-05-05 Community Letters
Construction notice 2020-04-09 Community Letters
Postcard map 2020-04-09 Postcard
Table of Contents 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging - Carlton 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging – Fort from Broadway to York – Stage 1 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging - Fort from York to Graham – Stage 1 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging – Fort from Broadway to York – Stage 2 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging - Fort from York to Graham – Stage 2 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging - Hargrave from Portage to Ellice – Stage 1 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging - Hargrave from Portage to Ellice – Stage 2 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Staging - Portage from Memorial to Fort 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Geometry Plan – Fort from Broadway to York 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Geometry Plan – Fort from St Mary to Graham 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Geometry Plan – Hargrave from Portage to Ellice 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Plan/ Profile – Fort Drawing 1 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Plan/ Profile – Fort Drawing 2 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Plan/ Profile – Fort Drawing 3 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Plan/ Profile – Fort Drawing 4 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Plan/ Profile – Hargrave Drawing 1 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Plan/ Profile – Hargrave Drawing 2 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Details 2020-04-09 Construction drawing
Construction Notice 2020-08-11 Community letters

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the 2019-2023 Downtown Streets Renewal Project?

2019-2023 Downtown Streets Renewal Project is supported by the Government of Canada New Building Canada Fund and the Province of Manitoba. It will see major rehabilitation work done on numerous streets in the city’s Downtown and will ultimately greatly improve road surface conditions.

This is one of the first projects to roll out under a new initiative that bundles multiple street segments in a common area or with a common scope into a single, multi-year package. The new approach allows a single consultant to review, schedule, design, tender, and oversee construction of a number of streets in close proximity, and facilitates project efficiency and delivery.

What streets are involved?

The following streets are included in the project:

  • Broadway (Osborne Street to Main Street)
  • Carlton Street (Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue)
  • Donald Street (St. Mary Avenue to Broadway)
  • Donald Street (Broadway to Gertrude Avenue)
  • Fort Street (Broadway to Graham Avenue)
  • Portage Avenue (Memorial Boulevard to Main Street)
  • Smith Street (Notre Dame Avenue to Graham Avenue)
  • Smith Street (Graham Avenue to Donald Street Bridge)
  • Hargrave Street (Portage Avenue to Ellice Avenue)
  • Hargrave Street (Broadway to York Avenue)
When will construction begin?

We are currently working on construction staging and will begin one or more of the streets in the 2020 construction season. Sign up for updates to receive notification of the staging plan when it is confirmed.

Can I provide feedback on what I want to see happen on these streets?

We will not be doing any formal public engagement on this project, as it does not have any permanent implications for parking, loading, intersection geometries, or routing.

Instead, the City will be reaching out to and meeting with businesses, residents and property owners in the area to gather information about areaways, parking and loading needs, and planned private construction or renovations; this information will help us stage construction so it has minimal impact on area stakeholders and will also allow us to make accommodations where necessary.

I live, run a business or own a building on one of the streets on the list. How will this impact me?

We are working with area stakeholders to minimize negative impacts through construction. We're taking stakeholder feedback into account as part of our staging plan, and are also helping mitigate concerns around parking, loading and access.

If you believe you are an area stakeholder and we do not contact you by October 31, 2019, please reach out to us at downtownstreets@winnipeg.ca.

How will this impact traffic in the area?

As with any construction, there will be traffic implications. We are working with our partner agencies, as well as area stakeholders, to ensure that traffic impacts are kept to a minimum. We will be initiating proactive public communications once staging is complete to ensure the public is aware of staging, rerouting, lane closures, and project progress.

I live, run a business or own a building on one of the streets on the list and have been contacted by an areaway inspector. What's this about?

Before any road work begins, building areaways (the underground spaces adjacent to, or part of, some building basements) must be inspected to determine structural characteristics including the presence of out of commission coal chutes and so on. These are a non-invasive, visual inspections which are carried out quickly with minimal to no disruption to your business.

How will pedestrians and cyclists be accommodated during construction?

Pedestrian access will be maintained to the extent possible, any interruptions to access will be reviewed with the applicable property owner prior to the disruption. Accommodation for cyclists will be made during construction to assure their safe passage through the construction zones.

How much of the project construction will be completed in 2020? I live/work in the area when will I know if I am going to be affected?

Specific timelines for future construction will be provided prior to construction start in 2021. To receive notices confirming future construction notices via email please contact Debbie Hillman at AECOM Canada 204-928-7445 or Debbie.hillman@aecom.com.

Will road construction be affected by COVID-19?

While the City continues to evaluate its services and projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic, road construction is considered an essential service by the Province of Manitoba and at this time is expected to proceed as planned with the following considerations:

  • Our contractors are working with their industry and public health officials to determine safe work procedures for construction sites.
  • In-person outreach and consultations to help us understand the needs of property owners adjacent to regional road renewals and other non-Capital projects will now be done remotely via phone, regular mail, email or other online channels.
  • We are evaluating options for public engagement on larger capital projects and looking at how to continue to stay connected to Winnipeggers and their feedback and input. Updates on specific projects and their timeleines will be provided once information is available.

We are doing our best to reach stakeholders in a timely and efficient manner but also understand that normal is changing every day and people may no longer be reachable where, or how, we once expected.

If you are a stakeholder on an upcoming project and have new or temporary contact information, please reach out to PWDCommunications@winnipeg.ca.

I own a property or run a business in the area of an upcoming construction project, but am currently staying home. How will I get the information I need and provide input on this project?

Please reach out to us. Send an email to PWDCommunications@winnipeg.ca and we will have the project team contact you.

Map

Map

Surfacing map

Downtown street renewal will begin this spring.

Map

Proposed staging plans

Last update: August 17, 2020

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