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Roadway Construction

Road Construction

Winnipeggers can expect a busy and productive construction season in 2020. 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.


Construction FAQ

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What are the different types of road renewal treatments?

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

How do I know when my street will be rehabilitated?

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.

Asphalt vs Concrete: Which paving material should be used?

Neither material is better than the other, and some are ideal for specific projects. Asphalt is less costly than concrete, and it takes less time to build a road made of asphalt, but this does not mean it is ideal for every situation. When deciding between concrete vs asphalt roads, the Public Works considers several factors including standard pavement design models, soil subgrade conditions, life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), traffic volumes, heavy vehicles, intersections, environmental impact, and ease of installation and future maintenance. Picking out the best paving material for any project takes planning ahead and hands-on experience.

More information on this can be found in a May 28, 2019 report to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.

How are streets chosen for renewal?

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)
How can I get information about construction activities?

The online Road construction map and list will display the projects scheduled for construction this year.

How does the City plan to handle traffic during construction season?

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.

Will the City's Transportation Management Centre be adjusting signal timings to alleviate congestion during construction season?

Yes, the City's Transportation Management Centre will adjust signal timings where there are benefits to doing so.

What does "approximate percentage completed" mean?

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.
Why is the construction site empty?

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.

Why can’t construction run 24/7?

The City reviews all Regional and Industrial street renewal projects to determine the pros and cons of accelerated construction methods including construction staging, traffic management, critical milestones, penalty/bonus incentives, weekend working days, and overnight construction, where there is a specific benefit to the City and the public.

Running a construction operation on a 24/7 basis is complex as there are several challenges in undertaking 24/7 construction 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.

When weather conditions permit, construction crews typically work a 12 hour day during the construction season.

How can I get my gravel back lane surfaced?

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.

What is the definition of a capital project?

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.

Will road construction be affected by COVID-19?

While the City continues to evaluate its services and projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic, road construction is considered an essential service by the Province of Manitoba and at this time is expected to proceed as planned with the following considerations:

  • Our contractors are working with their industry and public health officials to determine safe work procedures for construction sites.
  • In-person outreach and consultations to help us understand the needs of property owners adjacent to regional road renewals and other non-Capital projects will now be done remotely via phone, regular mail, email or other online channels.
  • We are evaluating options for public engagement on larger capital projects and looking at how to continue to stay connected to Winnipeggers and their feedback and input. Updates on specific projects and their timeleines will be provided once information is available.

We are doing our best to reach stakeholders in a timely and efficient manner but also understand that normal is changing every day and people may no longer be reachable where, or how, we once expected.

If you are a stakeholder on an upcoming project and have new or temporary contact information, please reach out to PWDCommunications@winnipeg.ca.

I own a property or run a business in the area of an upcoming construction project, but am currently staying home. How will I get the information I need and provide input on this project?

Please reach out to us. Send an email to PWDCommunications@winnipeg.ca and we will have the project team contact you.

Last update: July 22, 2020

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