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July 31, 2015

Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge, Public Works East Yard Complex receive awards from Canadian Public Works Association

Released: 10:31 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Officials from the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg gathered today in Winnipeg to accept the Canadian Public Works Association's 2014 Project of the Year Award for the Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge. The Disraeli AT Bridge received the award in the Transportation Category for a construction project valued at more than $5 million.

The City of Winnipeg's Public Works East Yard Complex was also honoured by the CPWA in the Environmental Category.

âœThe Manitoba government is proud Winnipeggers can travel more easily and enjoy public space in healthy ways, thanks to investments like this one in the Disraeli Bridge,â said Minister of Labour and Immigration Erna Braun. âœInvestments in public infrastructure help build stronger communities and a better quality of life for all Manitobans.â

âœThe Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge is a key artery of active transportation in our city and has already served our citizens well,â said Councillor Janice Lukes, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. âœActive transportation is important for the health, well-being and economic development of our city, and we look forward to expanding our active transportation networks in other areas of Winnipeg.â

The CPWA Public Works Project of the Year Award promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant / architect / engineer and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.

About the Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge
In 2008, the City of Winnipeg received feedback from public consultation during preliminary design of the Disraeli Bridge project which identified that pedestrian and cycling safety and accessibility were high priorities. The AT Bridge was built on the existing concrete foundations from the original Disraeli River Bridge. This allowed the project to maximize economic benefits and minimize environment impacts. The AT Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic on September 19, 2013. More information on the Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge is available at City of Winnipeg - News Releases.

About the Public Works East Yard Complex
Located on a former landfill site, the City of Winnipeg's new Public Works East Yard Complex provides consolidated facilities for six Public Works operating groups plus Winnipeg Fleet Management Agency that significantly improve overall operating efficiencies and employee satisfaction. The project's long-term sustainability has been recognized with a LEED Gold Certification. More information on the Public Works East Yard Complex is available at City of Winnipeg - News Releases.

Winnipeg Parking Authority recognized for âPark Smart' public education program

Released: 3:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The International Parking Institute (IPI) recently recognized the Winnipeg Parking Authority with a Parking Matters Marketing and Communications Award for their âœPark Smartâ communication program at its conference on June 30, 2015.

The Park Smart communication program was created in 2012, as part of a growing understanding that enforcement alone does not always improve compliance. The Winnipeg Parking Authority developed a simple, low-cost program built around communication, education and safety.

In partnership with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Winnipeg Police Service, the Winnipeg Parking Authority began attending events throughout the City to illustrate why illegal parking may create problems and concerns, including causing serious delays or preventing access for emergency personnel and vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances.

The Winnipeg Parking Authority has distributed over 20,000 brochures to the public since the program's inception in 2012.

For additional information on the Park Smart program, visit Winnipeg Parking Authority - Park Smart.

This award continues the recognition of the Winnipeg Parking Authority as one of the top parking organizations in North America. Since its inception, the Winnipeg Parking Authority has been recognized with the following awards.

  • 2014 - IPI's Innovation in a Parking Operation or Program Award of Merit for the Towing Management System
  • 2010 - IPI's Parking Organization of the Year, Runner Up
  • 2010 - IPI's Parking Professional of the Year
  • 2010 - IPI's Parking Supervisor of the Year
  • 2008 - Manitoba Business Magazine's Top 50/100 Businesses in Manitoba
  • 2006 - International Downtown Association's Merit Award for Transportation (awarded jointly with Downtown Winnipeg BIZ)

The International Parking Institute is the largest and leading association of parking professionals in the parking industry, with memberships in over 40 countries worldwide.

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Last update: July 31, 2015