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St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation

The St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation Project will breathe new life into the existing bridge over the Red River, and will also improve travel through the area for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.

Updates

We are now moving into an exciting new phase of the project: public art.

We are welcoming applications from Winnipeggers interested in joining a public art stakeholder working group that will help us shape the eventual installation in the project area. This group will work together to provide information on neighbourhood context and recommend considerations for the project to the Winnipeg Arts Council.

To learn more about the working group and its terms of reference and to apply, please review the nomination form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XH9BPXG. Please also consider sharing this information and nomination form with others in your neighbourhood who may be interested. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

If you have questions regarding the working group please contact Meaghan Pauls at mpauls@scatliff.ca or 204-927-3444, ext. 231.

Background

The St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation project will guide rehabilitation of the bridge over the Red River from concept to construction; we are currently in the preliminary design phase.

Scope: The project will include rehabilitation on the bridge structures themselves, as well as improvements to sidewalks, active transportation infrastructure, and the Transit network, and will add 50 years to the lifespan of the bridge.

Project area: Beyond the bridge structure itself, the project area encompasses Osborne Street from Rathgar Avenue to Jubilee Avenue, and Dunkirk Drive from the ramps at Kingston Row to Fermor Avenue.

Project components:

  • Rehabilitation of twin bridge structures including widened bridge decks
  • Widened pathways
  • Kingston Row off/on-ramp improvements
  • Improved active transportation connections
  • Improved Transit stops and amenities

More information:

  • Information about project development and other construction-related topics will be posted on this webpage throughout the project.
  • If you have questions or comments regarding the project, please reach out to Meaghan Pauls at mpauls@scatliff.ca or 204-927-3444 ext. 231.

Project Timeline

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Timeline

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Stakeholder presentation - March 2022 2022-03-25 Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the budget for the project?

The budget for the St. Vital Bridge rehabilitation project is approximately $49 million. Developing a preliminary cost estimate for construction, also known as a Class 3 estimate, is part of this preliminary design work taking place in 2022.

What does "preliminary design" mean?

Preliminary design is the first step in planning any major construction project. It is through this phase of the project that we will develop a draft concept and design for the bridge rehabilitation.

What improvement are planned for the bridge structure itself?

Little known fact: the St. Vital Bridge is actually two bridges! As part of the rehabilitation project, we need to replace the concrete bridge decks, strengthen the steel girders, remediate the foundation, stabilize the riverbank, and widen the decks to accommodate active transportation.

What improvements are planned for pedestrian and cycling facilities are planned?

The draft preliminary design includes the following changes, which will be designed for accessibility using Universal Design principles:

  • Adding 3.5-metre-wide multi-use pathways leading to the bridge from existing paths and on-street cycling routes
  • Integrating a fully accessible connection to the pedestrian tunnels under Osborne Street and Dunkirk Drive
What improvements to transit are planned?

Transit stop improvements include:

  • Relocating and consolidating three Transit stops on the access roads to Kingston Row
  • Adding three new transit stops at Fermor Avenue and Dunkirk Drive
  • Adding a new pedestrian crossing across Dunkirk Drive at Fermor intersection to align with the Transit stop
  • Upgrading existing transit stops with amenities like heated shelters
Why might the speed limit change along Dunkirk Drive and on the bridges?

This planned speed limit reduction will help make the roadway safer while minimizing the amount of changes to the roadway geometry. Reducing the speed removes the need for widened lanes, acceleration and deceleration lanes, extra guardrails and roadway signage, and additional bus-bay lanes – all of which improves sightlines for all road users and creates a more comfortable experience for pedestrians and cyclists.

When will construction occur?

Construction is anticipated to take place in 2023 and 2024.

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Last update: April 14, 2022

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