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Moving on Marion Street

The City of Winnipeg is planning to undertake a new transportation study that will identify potential cost-effective improvements to safety, transportation, access, and community development and livablity on Marion Street from Lagimodiere Boulevard to St. Mary's Road.

Marion Street is designated as a community mixed use corridor, as it serves as a main street for adjacent neighbourhoods, and supports a mix of uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment with direct transit service.

In 2014, the City undertook a Marion Grade Separation and Widening Study. The goal of the study was to improve traffic flow and capacity for motor vehicles from the east limit of Marion Street to Goulet Street. When the study concluded in 2016, five options were explored. The design presented to residents (Option 2) included significant roadway alignment changes, including an interchange and grade separation of the CPR Emerson line at Archibald Street and Marion Street intersection, among other changes. The project did not move forward due to excessive cost, scale, and intrusiveness of the project in the community. Throughout the study, we also heard that its focus was too narrow to discuss some of the broader traffic issues in the neighbourhood.

Council subsequently directed the Public Service to find cost-effective ways to improve safety, traffic flow, and livability in the area that do not include road widening or an interchange – focuses that were not part of the original study.

To achieve these objectives, the project scope has been expanded to encompass three interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The new project – Moving on Marion Street – will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes to another to ensure safety, appropriate use, and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.

Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals developed with the community. Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study’s objectives. We are looking to you to help us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the study. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

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Thank you to everyone who took time to provide feedback before this new study begins so we start off on the right track helping us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the future study.. On June 26, 2019, 108 people joined the project team at a listening and mapping session at Archwood Community Club. Thank you for being open in sharing your vision and needs for the Marion Street Corridor. The online survey has now closed with 385 map markers and 384 completed surveys. The project team is currently analyzing the feedback provided, which will help shape the project RFP.

If you any questions, please call 204-986-4243 or email marion@winnipeg.ca.

Transitioning into the new study

In 2017, the City asked members of the public and stakeholders for help reopening the conversation on Marion Street to plan public engagement in ways that were most relevant to the community. Feedback was gathered through an online survey and stakeholder interviews.

  • Online survey:  Launched on March 2, 2017, it remained open until March 24, 2017. A total of 404 surveys were submitted to the City.
  • Stakeholder interviews: Interviews were conducted by telephone from March 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017. A total of 29 telephone interviews were conducted with stakeholders.

A full report and summary are available on the documents tab.

Moving on Marion Street’s public engagement components will be carried out in accordance with the feedback provided in 2017.

What We Heard How It Is Being Addressed
Time constraints and schedule conflicts were given as the main reasons for not participating in-person. Members of the project team are proactively contacting stakeholders along the Marion Street corridor to talk one-on-one about their concerns. In addition to an in-person listening and mapping session, we will be accepting public feedback through an online survey and mapping tool, available until June 30, 2019.
There is a preference for more online engagement opportunities. An online survey and mapping tool will be available until June 30, 2019.
Notification of the study and public engagement opportunities was alleged to be inadequate. We are confirming preferred methods of notification.

Notification methods used include a postcard mailed to property owners in the surrounding area, in-person delivery of a newsletter to the Marion corridor, updates in the Office of Public Engagement’s newsletter, one-on-one phone interviews with stakeholders and email to those who participated in the previous transportation study and indicated they wanted to receive updates (300+ emails).

Some respondents indicated the public engagement process – which included the Council direction to study grade separation and widening on Marion, was not meaningful because decisions were already made before involving the public, while other respondents indicated the public engagement was meaningful and felt they had an opportunity to influence decisions. Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals that have been developed with the community. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new transportation study, and will help determine further public engagement opportunities prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.
Some respondents indicated that the previous transportation study's scope was too narrow to discuss some of the broader traffic issues in the neighbourhood. The project scope has been expanded to encompass three interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The project will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes to another to ensure safety, appropriate use, and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.
Respondents indicated that more information about other potential future projects in the area needs to be available, while others indicated the information available was sufficient and met their needs.
  • Transportation Master Plan (starting 2019)
  • Norwood Grove BIZ completed a Master Plan Visioning report (2018)
  • Winnipeg Transit Master Plan (in progress)
  • Public Market Lands – Major Redevelopment Site
  • OurWinnipeg & Complete Communities (in progress)
  • Regional street works : Archibald Street from St. Catherine Street to Cottonwood, Marion Street intersection omitted (2019)
  • Regional street works: Des Meurons Street from Goulet Street to Marion Street (projected 2022)
  • Regional street works: Goulet Street from Braemar Avenue to Youville Street (projected 2022)

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Background

In 2011, the Transportation Master Plan recommended that a functional design study be conducted to review the alignment for a widening and grade separation of Marion Street.

On July 18, 2012 Council adopted the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works’ recommendation to direct the Public Service to engage a consultant for the purposes of conducting a Marion Street Widening/Grade Separation and Improvements Functional Design.

In 2013, Council approved funding for, and directed the Public Service to conduct a functional design study to investigate the widening and grade separation of Marion Street. The goal of the Marion Street Widening and Grade Separation project was to improve traffic flow and capacity for motor vehicles from the east limit of Marion Street to Goulet Street.

In 2014, the functional study started.

On March 25, 2015 Council adopted the Executive Policy Committee’s recommendation to include the project as part of the list of priorities for the federal government’s Building Canada Fund.

In 2016, the functional study concluded and five options were explored. The designpresented to residents (Option 2) included significant roadway alignment changes, including an interchange and grade separation of the CPR Emerson line at Archibald Street and Marion Street intersection, among other changes.  The estimated project cost was $566 million (Class 4 estimate, -30% to +60%). The City’s portion of the costs would have been $278 million, assuming funding from the federal government through the Building Canada Fund.  

Although the changes met many of the project goals of improving traffic flow and safety, the project did not move forward due to excessive cost, scale, and intrusiveness of the project in the community. Rather, the Public Service recommended that an additional study be undertaken to identify alternatives that were more affordable, had a lesser impact on property acquisition, and fit within the existing Council-approved debt strategy that did not include grade separation or widening. Council approved this recommendation.

In 2017, the City initiated the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study to explore different transportation options in the study area that did not include a grade separation or widening. During engagement planning, residents told us that notifications for engagement opportunities was a top concern. The City recognized the need to engage members of the public and stakeholders, and asked them for help reopening the conversation on Marion Street to plan public engagement in ways that were most relevant to the community. A report and summary of the public engagement planning activities is available online.

Subsequently, In November 2016, Council directed the Public Service to find cost-effective ways to address transportation deficiencies along Marion including improvements to the accommodation of pedestrian and cyclists as well as improvements to safety and traffic operation at key intersections; while minimizing land requirements –  focuses that were not part of the original study. 

To achieve these objectives, the project scope has been expanded to encompass interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The new project – Moving on Marion Street – will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary’s Road, which is primarily residential. 

The City’s Transportation Master Plan (2011) discusses how a street (or portions of a street) can become a Complete Street. Pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists need to be able to safely move along and across a complete street, regardless of age or ability. Complete Streets can also reduce dependence on automobiles and enhance economic and urban development opportunities.

In 2018, the Norwood Grove BIZ completed a Master Plan Visioning report which included the Marion Street corridor between St. Mary’s and Archibald. In addition to fostering a unique community identity it includes three overall design objectives – improving accessibility and crossings; addressing inclusivity (physical and cultural); and, focusing on all modes of travel (pedestrian, cycling and vehicular).

The project will also encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area, but includes a designated Major Redevelopment Area on the south side of Marion Street.  Commonly known as the Public Markets Land, nearly 200 acres of former heavy industrial land will be coming on line through a local area planning process beginning shortly. This process will help shape the future land use mix and transportation patterns for the area.

Implementing any change within one area requires an understanding of impacts further along the corridor and to adjacent neighbourhoods.

The input from the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study’s engagement planning process informed the development of the public engagement plan for Moving on Marion Street, and as such, the City will ensure public engagement is carried out in accordance with the feedback previously provided in 2017.

Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals developed with the community. Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study’s objectives. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are improvements needed on Marion Street and surrounding area?

The Marion Street area experiences local, commuter, and truck traffic, as well as regular railway use. Delays are common at the Archibald Street intersection, the nearby railway crossing, and Lagimodière Boulevard. Traffic travelling from new and growing communities, both in and around eastern Winnipeg (e.g., West Transcona, Sage Creek), will continue to increase traffic congestion in the area. New and expanding development, including the Public Market Lands, Warman Road Lands, and St. Boniface Industrial Park, will add to local truck traffic and potentially railway use. Other considerations in this growing area include the increasing need for safe and accessible active transportation routes (walking and cycling) and improved transit service.

Increased residential and industrial development places significant strain on area roads and infrastructure that were not designed to accommodate the high traffic volumes and varying types of traffic experienced in recent years. In 2011, Council approved the Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan, which identifies improvements along the Marion Street-Dugald Road Connection as a short-term major road network improvement.

When will the new study take place?

Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals that have been developed with the community. Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study’s objectives. We are looking to you to help us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the study. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

Didn't you do this study already – why is the City undertaking another study?

The City has studied this general area before, but not through this lens. We heard that the previous study's focus was too narrow to discuss some of the broader transportation issues in the neighbourhood.

Council directed the Public Service to find cost-effective ways to address transportation deficiencies along Marion including improvements to the accommodation of pedestrian and cyclists as well as improvements to safety and traffic operation at key intersections; while minimizing land requirements – focuses that were not part of the original study.

To achieve these objectives, the project scope has been expanded to encompass interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The project will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes to another to ensure safety, appropriate use, and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.

Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study's objectives. We are looking to you to help us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the study. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

Why has the project scope changed? Why are we looking at an expanded area?

The project scope has been expanded to encompass interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The project will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes an understanding of impacts further along the corridor and to adjacent neighbourhoods.

What about the past study's recommendations? Is any of that on the table?

While a grade separation and realignment are not feasible solutions at this time, we are further examining intersection improvements suggested in the previous study, and are looking to the public to confirm transportation concerns.

Is a grade separation still an option to alleviate traffic concerns along Marion Street?

No. Due to both affordability and project risk, the Public Service did not recommend moving forward with grade separation or widening.

What might be considered to improve traffic flow in the area?

Lower cost alternatives may include a range of roadway treatments to improve traffic flow in the area and enhance active transportation, and more modest intersection improvements. Moving on Marion Street will not include grade separation or widening.

Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study's objectives. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

Will there be any property acquisitions or impacts on Happyland Park?

Exact property impacts are not yet known. More affordable, smaller scale options without a grade separation or widening will now be investigated. These options would reduce the land requirements of the project and impact on the surrounding community. The Public Service is committed to proactively maintaining open lines of communication with any potentially affected land owners through the process from now until completion.

How are you considering public feedback received from prior Marion Street studies?

In 2017, the City initiated the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study to explore different transportation options in the study area that did not include a grade separation or widening.

During engagement planning, residents told us that notifications for engagement opportunities was a top concern.

The City recognized the need to engage members of the public and stakeholders, and asked them for help reopening the conversation on Marion Street to plan public engagement for a future study in ways that were most relevant to the community. A report and summary of the public engagement planning activities is available online.

The input from the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study’s engagement planning process informed the development of the public engagement plan for Moving on Marion Street, and as such, the City will ensure public engagement is carried out in accordance with the feedback previously provided in 2017.

How do I get involved?

The project team will be meeting directly with various stakeholder groups to discuss the project and receive input. Winnipeggers will have the opportunity to provide feedback though an online survey and mapping tool. Visit the engage tab to review current opportunities to provide feedback. A public engagement report will be issued in summer 2019 outlining what was heard and how it will be incorporated into the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Moving on Marion Street study. Sign up under the updates tab to receive emails at key project milestones.

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Moving on Marion study area map

Last update: July 3, 2019