Winnipeggers can expect a busy and productive construction season in 2018 with more than 150 projects planned to take place in every ward of the city. The list of local streets slated for renewal was approved by the City's Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works on January 30, 2018. These projects are in addition to the regional street work that will get underway this year. For a complete list of construction projects please see the Road Construction Map, and the Road Construction List.
Plan ahead and use Waze
While the City is making every effort to coordinate construction projects and mitigate their impacts as much as possible, with the volume of work this year, some delays and disruption can be expected.
We encourage motorists to plan ahead, allow additional travel time and strongly encourage Winnipeggers to download and use the Waze app for the fastest route every day. By using Waze, the free, real-time traffic and navigation app, you can share and receive anonymous traffic information from the City's Transportation Management Centre (TMC) and other drivers to assist you with deciding which routes to take and which routes to avoid. The TMC will also be posting all lane closures on major streets to the Waze app. Lane closures on major streets can also be viewed on the regional street lane closures page.
Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these important infrastructure projects.
Regional street renewals are listed by location in the current and forecasted capital budget. The annual local street program is finalized five to six months before the beginning of the budget year. Locations are generally not confirmed until the formal adoption of the annual capital budget.
Every year the City carries out a roadway condition rating program that evaluates the condition of all major roadways and approximately 2/3 of the local roadway network. Selection factors for consideration of the location and/or renewal treatment of a roadway include:
- Where the pavement is in its life-cycle – preservation vs reactive treatments
- Condition of the underground utilities – specifically water mains and sewer system
- Road classification (Industrial collector, collector, residential)
- Bus route
- Truck route
- Budget available
- Development in the area
- Continuity of routes (e.g. extend a renewal to complete a section)
A traffic management plan is developed for each road construction project to minimize the impact of construction on traffic flow as much as possible.
When construction is underway, motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, allow additional travel time and use alternate routes. Use the Waze app for the fastest route every day.
Yes, the City's Transportation Management Centre will adjust signal timings where there are benefits to doing so.
There are various types of street renewal, including a reconstruction, rehabilitation, mill & fill, thin bituminous overlay, and improvements within the right-of-way. The length of time a project takes depends on the type of work being done, the size of the project (length, how many lanes, etc.), and any other utility work that needs to be completed. Road renewal definitions
This information is available on the construction map to show project progress.
- Pre-Construction – Construction phase has not started.
- 0% – Construction contract is in place, but crews have not mobilized to the site.
- 5% – Crews have mobilized to the site and construction has just begun.
- 10% 90% – An approximation of progress; construction is well underway.
- 95% – Main roadway construction is complete; travelling lanes are open/parking is restored/garbage pickup resumes (depending on the location); minor deficiencies and landscaping (seeding/sod) are likely outstanding.
- COMPLETE – All construction components of the project are complete. Contractor may return for any follow up or warranty work in the next 1-2 years. Utilities (e.g. street lights) may or may not be complete. Construction may not be complete for other locations in the same contract.
Contracts typically have a specified number of "Working Days." Typically, a Working Day is a fair weather weekday, not including holidays. The design team will determine the amount of work to complete and estimate the amount of time required to complete it. Contractors with a winning bid are contractually obligated to complete the work within the given number of Working Days.
There are a number of reasons they may not be on site at a given time, including (but not limited to):
- Concrete curing time;
- Staging of multiple locations within a single contract; or
- Completion of a given stage before the next is scheduled.
Regardless, if it is a good-weather weekday, it will count as a Working Day toward the contract's total, whether they are on site or not. A contractor exceeding the allowable Working Days is subject to paying liquidated damages as specified in the contract.
Running a construction operation on a 24/7 basis is complex. The City and construction associations do not support mandating 24/7 construction for several reasons, including:
- The safety of workers and the travelling public is reduced for operations after dark;
- Noise complaints - even if residential areas are not directly beside the construction area, construction noise travels far;
- Availability of work crews - running a 24 hour operation requires two to three separate crews;
- Having such requirements on a contract, contractors are likely to respond (bid) with a cost premium to cover their risk for night and/or extended working hours (i.e. it will cost more).
Where there is a specific benefit to the City and public, the City does require/permit a contractor to run a construction operation through the night. These are usually for a task that needs to be done in succession, very rapidly, and for a short period (for example: one or two days at a high-traffic intersection). The benefit must outweigh the risks and costs discussed above.
Our programs and their associated lane closures are planned with overall traffic management in mind, with the goal of minimizing (to the extent possible) the impact to the public, and the understanding that these infrastructure investments are essential to our transportation system.
Certain high-priority contracts will specify Saturdays as a Working Day to help speed up work.
Over $116 million is dedicated to Winnipeg local and regional street renewals, back lanes and sidewalks in 2018. Over 117 lane kilometers of improvements are scheduled this year. In addition, other major road projects are underway such as the Waverley Underpass project. With such a significant investment in the City's infrastructure, Winnipeggers can expect a busy and productive construction season.
- The road renewal treatment (i.e. reconstruction, rehabilitation, mill & fill or thin bituminous overlay);
- Costs associated with utilities and other stakeholders (e.g. Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg Parking Authority, Traffic Signals, rail authorities, etc.);
- Adding or renewing active transportation infrastructure (e.g. sidewalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, etc.);
- Roadside safety (e.g. guardrails, crash attenuation barriers, etc.);
- Structures (e.g. retaining walls, overhead sign structures, etc.);
- Landscaping (e.g. trees, planters, decorative lighting, etc.);
- Property acquisitions;
- The volume of roadwork that is being advertised by others (e.g. Manitoba Infrastructure, developers, rapid transit, etc.); and
If you have a gravel (unimproved) back lane (alley) you and your neighbours can petition to have it surfaced through the local improvement program.
The fronting property owners will be responsible for their proportional share of the cost of the improvement, recovered through their property taxes.
For streets, bridges, alleys, sidewalks and active transportation infrastructure — capital projects relate to improvements and other work (e.g. studies) that provide new, additional or replacement of public facilities/assets. Capital works are generally considered to cost more than $100,000 and usually have a service life of 10 years or more.