St. Norbert Bypass Plan – Provincial Announcement
As a ‘St. Norbertian’, I and many others in the area have been aware for some time of the concept for re-routing Provincial Highway 75 (NOTE: See media release below) around St. Norbert and connecting to the Perimeter Highway.
With the ongoing investments into CentrePort Canada (North America’s largest inland port), combined with the construction of the new Kenaston Avenue–Perimeter interchange, we recognize this concept is moving closer to reality.
The Governments of Canada, Manitoba and Winnipeg are investing significant funding to develop Centre Port Canada, and moving Winnipeg closer to becoming a multi-modal global transportation hub. For more information, refer to the Highway 75 work already underway in southern Manitoba: CTV report and Provincial Plans
When the St. Norbert Bypass is built, the majority of trucks entering Winnipeg will have the option to access the Perimeter at the Kenaston Boulevard interchange OR travel north via Kenaston Boulevard. I encourage residents to read the City of Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan, and in particular take note of Page 37, which shows major corridors for the movement of goods.
CONSULTATIONS: I encourage residents to become very involved in the consultations which the Province will be holding regarding the final route. South Winnipeg is the point of entry for the majority of goods movement by trucks into our Province. Caution, diligence and involvement will be critical in determining the best route.
TIMELINE: Local media has reported this project may begin in about five years, and take up to 10 years to complete at a cost of $400 Million. From my 15+ years of experience with transportation projects in the City and Province, I’ve watched many different timeline scenarios unfold. While the North Perimeter 59 Highway exchange was on the books for 30+ years, the upgrades are happening only now. In comparison, just nine years ago, the Chief Peguis expansion was projected to occur in 25 years; instead, it is now built and operational. Projected and actual timelines can vary greatly.
GOT QUESTIONS? This Bypass project is a Provincial Highway initiative, and is being funded by the Province of Manitoba. As the City of Winnipeg was unaware of this announcement, and I as the Area Councillor have not received a briefing to date, I encourage you to contact your MLA.
MANITOBA GOVERNMENT DEVELOPING PLANS FOR ST. NORBERT BYPASS
Major Step in Modernizing Capital Region Transportation System: Minister Ashton
Manitoba News Release – December 10, 2015
The Manitoba government continues to modernize the Perimeter Highway and the capital region transportation system by developing plans for a new St. Norbert Bypass, Infrastructure and Transportation Minster Steve Ashton announced today.
“As our economy continues to grow, we will increase our investments in transportation infrastructure to ensure commercial and other traffic flows safely and smoothly through the capital region,” said Minister Ashton. “We’re already planning to build a series of modern interchanges on the Perimeter Highway and now we’ve also started planning a major bypass from the Perimeter to PTH 75 around the St. Norbert neighbourhood.”
These projects will be carefully co-ordinated so the timing of design and construction will allow new interchanges, such as at Waverley Street and Kenaston Boulevard, and a new bypass to smoothly tie together, said Minister Ashton. This project will support Centerport Canada and all of the other trucking routes that move from the Perimeter Highway to PTH 75 and the U.S. border, the minister added.
The province is now working on plans to construct new interchanges on the Perimeter Highway, the minister said. While this is underway, the province will consult with the public and prepare functional designs of the St. Norbert bypass. This will be followed by land acquisition to prepare for the construction stage.
“The bypass project will be staged to connect with the new interchange at Waverley/Kenaston, similar to the staging for Centreport Canada Way and the planned Headingley bypass connection,” said Minister Ashton. “The planning underway now will position Winnipeg and Manitoba to grow the economy and ensure the capital regions has a high-quality transportation system well into the future.”
“This project will offer long-haul trucks, motorists and tourists the option of a high-speed link from the south Perimeter to PTH 75,” said Terry Shaw, executive director, Manitoba Trucking Association. “For the trucking industry, these links and others such as the planned Headingley bypass and the other improvements to streamline the Perimeter Highway help improve road safety and they help the environment by permitting vehicles to operate at peak efficiency, rather than idling at lights.”
The Manitoba government recently committed to a three-year extension of the five-year core infrastructure plan, adding an extra $4.5 billion to the original $5.5 billion, for a total of $10 billion.
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