Abinojii Mikanah Off Ramp & Chancellor Drive Intersection Improvements

In September, 2023 I put forth a motion that Public Works be directed to study the intersection of Abinojii Mikanah off-ramp and Chancellor Drive, considering light timing, vehicular and pedestrian access to retails centres, fast food businesses, gas bars and access to Pembina Highway and the University of Manitoba – and report back with recommendations on improved safety measures.  This is an area that is quite confusing with so many vehicles coming off the ramp, and with other vehicles moving in and out of the shopping centre. More apartments are being constructed in this area, and I’m hoping we can have the engineers figure out some kind of safety improvements to this intersection and general area.

The engineers will report back by early spring – April / May 2024.

MOTION:

WHEREAS according to Stats Canada between 2016 and 2021, the Waverley West ward experienced a 27.2% increase in population, resulting in being the ward with the largest population growth in the City of Winnipeg;

AND WHEREAS 41,335 residents moved into primarily the neighbourhoods of Bridgwater, South Pointe and Prairie Pointe, all located east of Pembina Highway;

AND WHEREAS Pembina Highway is the primary retail area that serves the Waverley West Ward;

AND WHEREAS the University of Manitoba is the second most commuted to destination in the City of Winnipeg;

AND WHEREAS there are no direct east-west collector streets between Kenaston Boulevard and Pembina Highway, other than the Perimeter and Bishop Grandin Boulevard;

AND WHEREAS in order to access the University of Manitoba, vehicular traffic must enter the off-ramp of Bishop Grandin Boulevard, turn east on Chancellor Drive, then proceed east over Pembina Highway and onto University Crescent;

AND WHEREAS in order to access Pembina Highway, vehicular traffic must enter the off-ramp of Bishop Grandin Boulevard, turn east on Chancellor Drive, then proceed south on Pembina Highway

AND WHEREAS the intersection of the Bishop Grandin Boulevard off-ramp and Chancellor Drive also includes the intersection of two high-volume retail centres including a high-volume fast food business and a gas bar;

AND WHEREAS because of the increased population and volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, retail businesses want to see improved safety at the intersection of the Bishop Grandin Boulevard off-ramp and Chancellor Drive;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Winnipeg Public Service be directed to study the intersection of the Bishop Grandin Boulevard off-ramp and Chancellor Drive, considering light timing, vehicular and pedestrian access to retails centres, fast food businesses, and gas bars, and access to Pembina Highway and the University of Manitoba, and report back with recommendations on improved safety measures.