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September 27, 2019

Newly widened and reconstructed Pembina Highway Underpass to improve safety, traffic flow and travel times for motorists

Southwest Transitway (Stage 2) project realizes more budget savings and comes in eight weeks ahead of schedule

Released: 10:06 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The newly-widened and reconstructed Pembina Highway Underpass opened today, as part of the Southwest Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project, and will improve safety, traffic flow and travel times for motorists.

The Pembina Highway Underpass portion of the Southwest Transitway project includes the renewal and expansion of Pembina Highway to three lanes in each direction from Stafford Street to Point Road, new active transportation pathways on both sides, an improved drainage system, a new Transitway over Pembina Highway bridge and the replacement of the existing rail bridge over Pembina Highway.

“The improvements to the Pembina Highway Underpass will greatly improve the flow of both people and goods in this area of the City,” said Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton. “This newly enhanced infrastructure will support Manitobans for many years to come, increasing driver safety and improving travel times.”

“Today’s reopening of the Pembina Highway Underpass at Jubillee Avenue represents a major improvement for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on one of our busiest regional roads,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “With a third northbound lane added, dedicated pedestrian and cycle corridors on both sides of the underpass, and improved land drainage, these upgrades will keep Winnipeggers moving for many, many years into the future. To top it all off, it has come in even more under budget and eight weeks ahead of schedule!”

Project costs are shared through funding arrangements with the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba.

Active transportation is also an important part of the Southwest Transitway project. A modern, protected, accessible active transportation path now runs along the full length of the Southwest Transitway, connecting to all intersecting active transportation routes, and will be open to the public in October , 2019.

The Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city including: the completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway, the addition of active transportation infrastructure, the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Highway Underpass, and connections to the University of Manitoba and IG Field. The Southwest Transitway is a dedicated, high-speed roadway for buses, physically separated from the regular street system that will complete a high-speed link from Winnipeg’s downtown to the southwest quadrant of the city.

Bus service on the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) will begin in spring of 2020 after a period of testing and commissioning which will include operator training, and will coincide with Winnipeg Transit’s spring schedule change.

For more information on the Southwest Rapid Transitway project, please see Winnipeg Transit – Southwest Transitway.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service launches use of PulsePoint Respond App aimed to save lives

Released: 12:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) has launched its use of the PulsePoint Respond app, empowering Winnipeggers to help save the lives of those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

Using the WFPS computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system, app technology, and the GPS on smartphones, PulsePoint alerts CPR-trained bystanders about sudden cardiac arrest incidents in public locations within 500 metres of their location. It can also alert them to the location of the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED). To receive notifications, users must select to receive the “Nearby CPR-needed” notification in the app.

“There are thousands of CPR-trained Winnipeggers and I know many would gladly help save the life of a fellow resident if called upon”, said Mayor Brian Bowman. “CPR skills are ones you hope to never use, but early use of CPR, together with AED support, greatly improves the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest and this app will better connect those in need with those who have the skills to save a life.”

“Once the heart stops pumping, seconds really do count. While our crews arrive quickly, we know that if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival,” said WFPS Chief John Lane. “For every minute that passes without help, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by about 10 percent. If a CPR-trained PulsePoint user can start care immediately, it very well could mean the difference between life and death for someone.”

Each year in Winnipeg, approximately 1,100 cardiac arrest events come in through the WFPS 911 Communications Centre. Of these, approximately 30 percent occur in public places. The WFPS is inviting all CPR-trained residents to download the free PulsePoint app to their iOS and Android mobile devices.

With the launch of PulsePoint in Winnipeg, WFPS joins several first responder agencies participating in a study funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to examine whether PulsePoint can increase bystander-initiated CPR at cardiac arrests in public places, and ultimately increase survival rates.

“In Canada, 35,000 to 45,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest each year. We strongly believe innovative technology can improve these statistics,” said Dr. Rob Grierson, WFPS Medical Director. “Like all new technology in the health care field, we need to study the technology to maximize its benefits.”

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New running track at Victor Mager School reaches finish line

City of Winnipeg and Louis Riel School Division open 400-metre

Released: 2:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, the City of Winnipeg and Louis Riel School Division officially opened a new 400-metre, four-lane, rubberized outdoor running track at Victor Mager School.

“I’m happy to see the new outdoor running track at Victor Mager School finally opened to the public today,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The City of Winnipeg’s investment into the facilities at Dakota Collegiate and the track at Victor Mager School represent an investment in healthy living at community spaces that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

“I have been a runner for more than 40 years, and I am extremely proud to open this new facility in St Vital,” said Brian Mayes, Councillor for St. Vital. “This is the first new 400m rubberized track in Winnipeg since 1967, and it will benefit both competitive and recreational runners.” 

“Our beautiful new running track here at Victor Mager School offers more access to healthy living activities and opportunities for our students and community members,” said Troy Reinhardt, Victor Mager School principal. “Our school is excited to host events, encourage physical activity, and be a leader in promoting healthy living for students, families, and community members in the Louis Riel School Division.”

"Athletics Manitoba is thrilled to have this new rubberized training facility in the city,” said Alanna Boudreau, Athletics Manitoba executive director. “We sincerely applaud the work and dedication to this project. It will not only be a legacy for the youth in this community but it will benefit the athletics community as a whole for years to come."

The City of Winnipeg provided $500,000 of funding from the 2018 operating budget through a neighbourhood revitalization grant and $300,000 from St. Vital ward land dedication reserve.

The new running track at Victor Mager School complements recent improvements made to athletic facilities across the street at Dakota Collegiate completed in 2018, including an artificial turf field, an outdoor basketball court, and cricket batting cage.

September 27, 2019