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Road safety initiatives

Safer roads start with safer road designs. We have been hard at work ensuring that road safety is part of all construction projects, as well as a key component of engineering and construction improvements we make annually.

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Traffic signals and signs improvements

Improving existing and adding new traffic signals, signs and controls are some of the most important considerations in making roadways safer. The City has over the past five years completed a series of improvements in this area.

  • Full traffic control signals – The City has both converted existing intersections to and created new-development intersections as full traffic control signals, which guide vehicle flow in all directions with lighted red, amber, green (and potentially turning) lights.
  • Stop sign installation – More than three dozen stop signs have gone up across the City, both at existing and new intersections.
  • Left turn signals - The Winnipeg Public Service has a Technical Guideline and Practice it uses for guidance when considering the implementation of a left turn signal phase, developed from the national guideline, Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada. In general, only fully protected left turn phases (i.e. cannot turn on permissive green "ball" display) should be implemented on streets with speed limits of 70 km/h or greater. New signals are being implemented according to this standard, while grandfathered locations are being updated as resources permit.
  • All-Red Clearance – The City has, over the past five years, introduced or added an all-red clearance period for every signalized intersection in the City.
  • Traffic signal displays – The City has converted smaller traffic signals to larger 300mm diameter heads.
Road safety audits

A Road Safety Audit is a formal and independent safety review of a road transportation project by an experienced team of safety specialists, addressing the safety of all road users.

The audit team is external to the City of Winnipeg and is independent of the overall project team. This reduces bias and allows for an exclusive focus on road safety with the key objective of the audit being to reduce the risk of severe collisions.

Road Safety Audits are often conducted during the planning and design stages of a project. As such, they are a proactive, preventative, and cost-effective approach to improving road safety. Design changes occur early in response to safety issues before a project is constructed and before the road is open to traffic.

In recent years, the City of Winnipeg has included Road Safety Audits on several capital projects. The audits resulted in hundreds of design changes which will improve road safety outcomes of each project. Some of the recent projects with Road Safety Audits are:

Waverley Underpass:

  • In-Service Road Safety Audit
  • Preliminary Design Road Safety Audit
  • Detailed Design Road Safety Audit
  • Work Zone Road Safety Audits (three scheduled throughout construction)
  • In-Service Road Safety Review of Cambridge and Taylor intersection during construction

Fermor Avenue Bridge over the Seine River Rehabilitation and Roadworks:

  • In-Service Road Safety Review, including video-conflict analysis
  • Preliminary Design Road Safety Audit
  • Detailed Design Road Safety Audit

Downtown Bike Lane System and Street Improvements:

  • Detailed Design Road Safety Audit

Chief Peguis Trail Extension West:

  • Preliminary Design Road Safety Audit

Empress Street and Overpass Reconstruction and Rehabilitation:

  • Detailed Design Road Safety Audit

A Better Bridge for Arlington:

  • Functional Design Road Safety Audit
  • Preliminary Design Road Safety Audit

Route 90 Improvements Study:

  • Functional Design Road Safety Audit
Geometric improvements

The City has been working to introduce targeted geometric improvements – the practice of altering physical elements of a roadway such as curbs, speed humps and roundabouts – to improve safety and traffic flow at high-risk, high-incident, or high-impact intersections or stretches of roadway.

Recent geometric improvements implemented throughout the City include:

  • Curb extensions that act as a traffic calming measure by extending the sidewalk, reducing the crossing distance and improving sightlines for approaching vehicles and crossing pedestrians.
  • Speed tables that calm traffic along a midblock stretch by raising the road surface approximately 3-3.5 inches for a length of 22 feet. 
  • Raised crosswalks that make pedestrians more visible to drivers, reduce vehicle speeds, and improve the likelihood that drivers will yield to pedestrians.
  • Right-turn smart channels that reduce the angle at which drivers must look over their shoulder when yielding into a right turn, drawing more attention to the road ahead of them, reducing speeds, and – statistically – lowering the number of right-turn-related collisions at the intersection.
Railway crossing audit

We completed an audit of all railway crossings that introduced specific rail safety initiatives such as grade-separated crossing, reviews of pedestrian trespassing on rail right-of-ways, aligning rail crossing and traffic signals, and developing battery backups of electric signalized crossings.

Safety Performance Functions and Network Screening

Performance Functions are tools that engineers use to predict the number of collisions per year for a given set of site conditions. The City of Winnipeg has developed Safety Performance Functions for signalized intersections based on collision data shared by Manitoba Public Insurance. On an annual basis, the City of Winnipeg processes the Safety Performance Functions with new data to screen the network. Network Screening produces a ranked list of signalized intersections with the greatest potential for safety improvement.

Warning Signs at high-incident intersections pilot project

A pilot project between the City and MPI placed signage throughout the City to warn motorists of high-incident intersections. A review of the efficacy / impact of this pilot is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.


Last update: April 16, 2019

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