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Unfunded Major Capital Projects

The following listing of unfunded major capital projects was developed to provide project information and status. The threshold for a project to be considered a major capital project is defined annually in the Council approved Capital Budget Book. This threshold is adjusted annually for construction inflation.

The City is currently reviewing and updating its asset management prioritization model, which has been in use since 2013. Once the revised version of the asset management prioritization model is complete, the City will further assess unfunded major capital projects.

The proposed unfunded major capital projects are not listed by priority ranking.  The projects are categorized alphabetically by department, and further by project name. Project timing is subject to funding availability and Council approvals. Year project costed to meet level of service needs; or earliest Class 3 cost estimate is anticipated to be available; or due to project phasing.

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Community Services

East of the Red Rec Plex

The proposed project involves the development of a 90,000 square foot regional recreation and leisure facility, including a leisure pool, eight lane swim tank, indoor track, fitness areas, gymnasium, and multi-purpose rooms, all attached to the new Transcona Library.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The existing Transcona Centennial Indoor Pool, Bernie Wolfe Indoor Pool, and other facilities in the area are near the end of their service life and are in need of significant investment or replacement. These buildings also do not currently meet accessibility standards and service expectations. The proposed new facility would provide a state of the art, energy-efficient public amenity, while allowing for the decommissioning of existing, aging assets.

In addition, northeast Winnipeg has experienced significant growth and currently lacks adequate City-owned recreation space to provide Leisure Guide or drop-in recreation/leisure programming.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
East of the Red Rec Plex 5 in 2021 $ $70 4 The East of the Red Rec Plex Feasibility Study and Business Plan was completed in spring 2018. City-owned land is available adjacent to the new Transcona Library. $12 $10 $48 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

The proposed project would see the development of a phased multi-use/multi-generational recreation campus in Waverley West that includes a YM/YWCA with lap tank, leisure pool, fitness space and gymnasium; a community library; a new community centre with multiple gymnasiums, multi purpose spaces and an adjacent park space. The City is in the process of acquiring the land required for this project, and is working collaboratively with area stakeholders on the development of the proposed recreation campus, including the Pembina Trails School Division. Opportunities to allow for shared parking, servicing, and site amenities with the school division are being explored to reduce duplication of spaces.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
With an anticipated population of approximately 40,000 to 50,000 people once fully developed, the Waverley West area currently has no recreation facility, community centre, or community library. In order to meet level of service requirements, new program space is required, including gymnasium/multi-purpose space, indoor pool, library, and park space.

The potential opportunity to partner with the YM/YWCA on the development of a branded facility would lead to Winnipeg’s first leisure pool while limiting the City's capital and operational liability.

Phase Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Phase 1 - YM/YWCA* 5 in 2021 $ $60 3 The acquisition of a 19-acre parcel adjacent to a 25-acre Pembina Trails School Division site is in progress. Conceptual site planning and estimates are expected to
be completed in early 2019 for Council's consideration. Phases may be delivered concurrently depending on funding and cash flow approvals.
$22.8 $19 $18.2* Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Phase 2 - Community Centre 5 in 2022 $ $36 3 $13.7 $11.4 $10.9 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Phase 3 - Library 5 in 2023 $ $12 3 $0 $0 $12 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

*Assuming joint application from City and YM/YWCA

Southeast Winnipeg Recreation & Library Facilities

The proposed project involves the development of a new community centre and library facility to serve existing and growth areas in the southeast region of the city.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The southeast quadrant of Winnipeg includes the existing neighbourhoods of Island Lakes and Royalwood, as well as the rapidly growing developments of Sage Creek and Bonivista. These neighbourhoods currently lack recreation and library facilities within their communities.

Phase Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Phase 1 - Community Centre 5 in 2021 $ $12 3 An approximately 11 acre parcel in the Bonivista neighbourhood has been acquired for recreation purposes. A site for a new library has not yet been confirmed.
The 2018 Capital Budget forecasts $140,000 for a feasibility study in 2020 to explore opportunities for new infrastructure to service growth in the southeast region, which could include a new community centre and library.
$4.5 $3.7 $3.8 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Phase 2 - Library 5 in 2022 $ $12 3 $0 $0 $12 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Public Works

Arlington Bridge Replacement

The proposed project requires construction of a new three-lane Arlington Bridge to the west side of the existing bridge. The new bridge will include two uni-directional bike lanes and two sidewalks. The project would also require reconstruction of Arlington Street from McDermot Avenue to Selkirk Avenue, as well as the decommissioning and removal of the existing Arlington Bridge.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The century-old Arlington Bridge is nearing the end of its service life. It is currently safe, but unplanned temporary closures can occur at any time to undertake reactive maintenance. Currently, trucks, buses and fire trucks are using alternative routes for transportation and the movement of goods due to load restrictions on the bridge. There is a concern that further deterioration of the Arlington Bridge may result in its unplanned permanent closure. The bridge is important to the surrounding communities.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Arlington Bridge Replacement 3 in 2020 $ $319 6 The preliminary design is complete and an administrative report is planned for Council’s consideration in the second quarter of 2019. $0 $0 $319 Not eligible

Chief Peguis Trail Extension West – Main to Brookside

The proposed project consists of the construction of a four-lane divided roadway from Main Street to Brookside Boulevard (Route 90), including overpasses at Main Street and McPhillips Street. It will also include four intersections and three pedestrian and cycling overpasses, and improvements to the Kildonan Settlers Bridge to accommodate intersection improvements at Main Street and multi-use pathways on both sides of the roadway.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
Chief Peguis Trail is intended to provide a continuous east-west link between the east and west sections of the Perimeter Highway (PTH 101) via CentrePort Canada Way, improve access to industrial parks in the vicinity of the airport, and further develop the future Inner Ring Road. There is currently no link to future residential and commercial communities as they develop in the northwest area of the city. This project will also address a gap in the active transportation network, as identified in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies (2011).

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Chief Peguis Trail – 2020 Approval 3 in 2020 $ $487 5 The preliminary design is complete and an administrative report is planned for Council’s consideration in the second quarter of 2019. $0 $0 $487 Not eligible
Chief Peguis Trail – 2027 Approval 3 in 2027 $ $598 5 $0 $0 $598 Not eligible

Lagimodiere Twin Overpasses Rehabilitation

The proposed project involves the major rehabilitation of the Lagimodiere Twin Overpasses over Concordia Avenue and the CPR Keewatin rail lines.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
Rehabilitation is required to extend the service life of the twin bridges by an additional 50 years. The last significant bridge rehabilitation was over 30 years ago. The bridge superstructure and substructures are deteriorating as a result of reinforcing steel corrosion and concrete degradation. Improvements to the traffic capacity and roadside safety need to be determined as part of a preliminary design study.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Lagimodiere Twin Overpasses Rehabilitation 5 in 2024 $ $45 4 Work on the preliminary design is anticipated to commence in 2023. $0 $0 $45 Not eligible

Louise Bridge Replacement

The proposed project scope has yet to be fully defined as a preliminary design study for Louise Bridge, Higgins Underpass, and Stadacona extension are required.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The current Louise Bridge is functioning safely but has extensive deterioration and limited remaining service life, meaning unplanned, potentially frequent repairs will be required. The concrete bridge deck dates back to 1963 and is deteriorating due to the corrosion of reinforcing steel.

The bridge cannot be widened to accommodate current or future traffic capacity. Currently 25,000+ vehicles per day cross the bridge, which is considered high for a two-lane bridge. In addition, the bridge is currently a truck route with load restriction of 36,500 kg, which is considerably lower than the current legal truck load limit of 62,500 kg. There is also inadequate vertical clearance (3.76m) compared to the legal truck height limit (4.15m). Neither the vertical clearance nor the load capacity can be improved to support current legal trucks limits.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Louise Bridge Replacement 5 in 2025 $ $240 5 Conceptual and functional design of the Louise Bridge Replacement is occurring as part of the Eastern Corridor Study and is anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. $0 $0 $240 Not eligible

Marion Transportation Improvements

The proposed project involves an investigation of lower-cost alternatives to the road alignment that improve traffic operations, safety, and enhance pedestrian and cycling options without the inclusion of an underpass or widening along the relevant roads.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The Council-adopted Transportation Master Plan (TMP) recommended that a functional design study be conducted to review the alignment for a widening and grade separation of Marion Street. The plan indicated that a review of this alignment was needed due to new and expanded residential and industrial development in eastern Winnipeg, which resulted in regular congestion along Marion Street, in particular where it intersects Archibald Street and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

The City is investigating and will report back on more affordable functional design options to improve transportation along Marion Street between Lagimodiere Boulevard and Youville Street that do not include an underpass or widening. In addition, the more affordable options will present improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure as well as improvements to safety and traffic operation at key intersections, while minimizing land requirements.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Marion Transportation Improvements     $TBD   Project re-scoping is anticipated in the third quarter of 2020. $0 $0 $0 Not eligible

Route 90 Improvements – Taylor to Ness

The proposed project requires the widening and reconstruction of Route 90 from four to six lanes from Ness Avenue to Taylor Avenue. Considerable interchange and bridge improvements are required, which will include rehabilitation and reconstruction of the St. James Bridges crossing the Assiniboine River and modifications to the Portage Avenue interchange.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
Route 90 is a vital transportation corridor through the city linking major residential, employment, and commercial areas in the southwest and northwest quadrants of the city. Currently, the section of Kenaston Boulevard from Taylor Avenue to Ness Avenue has very poor traffic flow, poor capacity at intersections, and is often heavily congested, even during times of the day outside of peak rush hour.

The bridges require rehabilitation and expansion to accommodate six traffic lanes and active transportation infrastructure. Both the southbound (built in 1936) and northbound (built in 1962) bridges are currently rated fair, with some components in poor condition. They are both in need of renewal as the most recent rehabilitations occurred over 30 years ago.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Route 90 Improvements – Taylor to Ness 5 in 2020 $ $500 6 A preliminary design and Class 3 cost estimate is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2020 for Council’s consideration. $0 $0 $500 Not eligible

St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation

The proposed project would involve the rehabilitation of the St. Vital Bridge over the Red River connecting Osborne Street to Dunkirk Drive, including marginal widening to better accommodate pedestrian and cycling requirements and improve roadside safety.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The bridge and traffic barriers are deteriorating as a result of reinforcing steel corrosion and concrete degradation. Ongoing annual repairs and safety maintenance are required until rehabilitation can occur. The bridge deck was last rehabilitated over 30 years ago. Rehabilitation is required to extend the service life of the bridge for an additional 50 years. As part of the rehabilitation, it needs to be determined if pedestrian and cycling infrastructure can be improved, which would require additional widening of the bridges. The existing 1.5m sidewalks do not safely accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation 5 in 2023 $ $50 3 Preliminary design is anticipated to commence in 2022. $0 $0 $50 Not eligible

William R. Clement Parkway – Grant to Ridgewood

The proposed project involves the construction of a new four lane divided roadway from Grant Avenue to Ridgewood Avenue, including trail crossings, and dog park locations.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
This section of William R. Clement Parkway is a southwest piece of the incomplete Inner Ring Road, as identified in the 2011 Transportation Master Plan. The City of Winnipeg's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identified the Inner Ring Road as a major transportation connection to accommodate the travel demand associated with future residential, commercial, and industrial growth in Winnipeg.

Residential growth in the southern part of Charleswood over the next two decades is expected to result in increased travel demand to and from this area. This increase in travel demand will be multi-modal, but a significant portion will be vehicular traffic. There is a need to mitigate the impact of this increase in vehicular traffic on the existing residential streets in Charleswood and also to accommodate future regional traffic growth in southwest Winnipeg.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
William R. Clement Parkway – Grant to Ridgewood     $TBD   This project is currently on hold. The City will not approve or engage any major capital infrastructure planning in these areas until a new South Wilkes Precint Plan is adopted by Council. $0 $0 $0 Not eligible

Winnipeg Transit

Electric Bus Pilot Project

The proposed pilot project includes the purchase of 12-20 electric buses, associated charging infrastructure, and other related infrastructure.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The project is needed to evaluate the performance and reliability of electric buses and to identify larger scale integration requirements and the viability of converting from a traditional diesel bus fleet to an electric bus fleet. The project will also determine if the transition from a diesel bus fleet to an electric bus fleet reduces bus maintenance operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The existing diesel bus fleet has a large carbon footprint, uses non-renewable fossil fuels, and requires costly maintenance.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Electric Bus Pilot Project 5 in 2020 $ $26 2 As part of the 2019 Capital Budget, Council approved a study to identify the benefits and logistics of the Electric Bus Pilot Project. This study is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. $9.9 $8.2 $7.9 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

North Transit Garage Replacement

The proposed project would see the replacement of Winnipeg Transit's existing North Garage currently located at 1520 Main St. at a new location. The project includes the development of an energy efficient bus storage and light maintenance facility with increased bus capacity, designed to facilitate the transition to an electric bus fleet.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The North Garage needs to be replaced within the next five years to ensure the department can meet growing service demands. The current facility is in overall poor condition and is no longer able to meet Winnipeg Transit's service requirements. Built in the 1930s, it is not feasible to continue to maintain the existing building, as there are many issues that require constant repairs and investments with limited long term value.

Winnipeg Transit is also nearing its capacity to store buses, and the North Garage site is too small to facilitate an expansion. Transit will need increased garage space as the fleet continues to grow to keep up with demand. The department will also need additional infrastructure to facilitate the transition from diesel to electric and alternative fuel buses.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
North Transit Garage Replacement 5 in 2020 $ $150 3 The feasibility design and Class 4 cost estimate are anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of 2019. $55.8 $46.5 $47.7 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Rapid Transit Corridors (3 corridors)

With the completion of the Rapid Transit Master Plan anticipated to be completed in 2020, the future proposed corridors will be determined and prioritized. The future rapid transit corridors radiate out from the city centre to the suburbs of Winnipeg. Construction will generally include on-street and dedicated bus transitways, modern stations, and active transportation opportunities.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
An expanded rapid transit system is necessary to effectively connect and accommodate Winnipeg’s growth, to ensure residents are provided with a viable alternative to driving, to reduce existing and future road congestion, and to build a transportation system capable of serving future generations. Congestion of the existing street network is resulting in longer commute times. In addition, rapid transit is also essential for shaping land use in a manner that achieves the objectives set out in OurWinnipeg and Complete Communities Direction Strategy.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Rapid Transit Corridors (3 corridors) 5 in 2021 $ $900 12
(3 corridors)
Completion of a Rapid Transit Master Plan is anticipated in the first quarter of 2020, while the completion of the Eastern Corridor Study is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2019. $334.8 $279 $286.2 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Water & Waste

Airport Area West Water & Sewer Servicing

The proposed project will provide regional water and sewer servicing for the Airport Area West lands, located north of Saskatchewan Avenue and west of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. This will include construction of sewers and watermains, lift station(s), force main(s) and associated appurtenances as required.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
Water and sewer services are required to develop the Airport Area West lands. The construction of CentrePort Canada Way has enabled development potential in the area, which is inhibited without water and sewer services.

In April 2019, Council received the Employment and Commercial Lands Study as information which references the Airport Area West lands.  The study identifies a shortfall of vacant serviced industrial land to accommodate forecasted growth in the City of Winnipeg.  The Airport Area West lands was identified in the study as having the potential to help address the issue and become a significant employment hub within the city.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Airport Area West Water & Sewer Servicing 5 in 2021 $ $55 5 A preliminary design and Class 3 cost estimate is currently being developed for Council’s consideration. $0 $0 $55 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

North End Sewage Treatment Plant (NEWPCC) Upgrades

The proposed project includes improvements to the power supply and headworks facilities, biosolids facilities, and nutrient removal facilities at the North End Sewage Treatment Plant (NEWPCC). The scope of work includes upgrading the NEWPCC to meet new regulatory licence requirements, add wet weather treatment capability, treat sludge, and replace end-of-life equipment.

Main project driver

Need / rationale
The provincial government requires reduced nutrient loading as part of the NEWPCC's operating licence, which includes new limits for phosphorous and nitrogen along with the requirement to sustainably re-use biosolids. New licence requirements cannot be met by the existing plant processes. Several plant components and facilities have reached the end of their service life and must be replaced to maintain reliable operation. The existing biosolids facility is nearing capacity and cannot service expected population growth of the city.

Phase Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Phase 1 - Power Supply and Headworks Facilities 3 in 2019 $ $408 7 The preliminary design is complete and an administrative report addressing project procurement was presented to Council at the February 2019 meeting at which Council approved funding for the first phase of the project: Power Supply and Headworks Facilities. The power supply component is currently under construction. $0 $0 $408 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Phase 2 - Biosolids Facilities 3 in 2020 $ $553 8 $122.5 $102.5 $328 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Phase 3 - Nutrient Removal Facilities 3 in 2023 $ $828 9 $122.5 $102.5 $603 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Southwest Interceptor – Phase 2

The proposed project involves the completion of the Southwest Interceptor and construction of approximately four kilometres of sewer works from the Red River crossing (Phase 1) to the South End Sewage Treatment Plant (SEWPCC).

Main project driver

Need / rationale
Currently, all sewage generated in the southwest quadrant of Winnipeg flows to the D'Arcy Lift Station on Bishop Grandin Boulevard. From here, it is pumped across the Red River and then flows by gravity to the SEWPCC.

The D'Arcy Lift Station is nearing capacity. A new interceptor is required to provide servicing for the full development of the Waverley West area; without it, it will limit growth in the southwest quadrant of the city. The interceptor will also provide redundancy to critical river crossing assets.

Project Current Cost Estimate Estimated project duration (years) Status Assumed Possible Funding (millions) Potential Funding Program(s)
Class Year Project Costed Cost (millions) Federal Provincial City
Southwest Interceptor – Phase 2 5 in 2026 $ $32 4 Options are currently being reviewed before a conceptual plan and pipe sizing can be developed. $0 $0 $32 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

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Last update: August 28, 2019