Development afoot in Whyte Ridge

Photo by Nick Barnes

Thank you Nick Barnes for summarizing some great initiatives happening in Whyte Ridge!  I don’t have final design details related to the new upgrades coming to the Brady Rd and McGillivray Rd intersection, but will post when I have. I’ve worked for many years trying to implement safe pedestrian access across McGillivray to Fort Whyte and can’t wait till this set of lights in installed this coming summer!

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Development afoot in Whyte Ridge

By Nick Barnes, Published in the Winnipeg Free Press Community News (March 20, 2024)

There are some interesting activities scheduled for the Whyte Ridge area this year. Thanks to Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) for helping me to assemble the latest news for our area.

Probably the most exciting development will be the installation of four-way traffic lights this summer at the intersection of Brady Road and McGillivray Boulevard. With the gradual increase in development and associated traffic over the past decade, trying to turn west from Brady Road on to McGillivray has become a “white-knuckle” experience. The lights installed further west on McGillivray have helped, but this will be a major stress reliever for Whyte Ridge residents.

The installation of the lights on Brady will also allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely access the FortWhyte Alive site, immediately north of Whyte Ridge. Installation will coincide with the completion of the Buffalo Crossing development at the south entrance of FortWhyte Alive. The new facility will include a visitor reception area, retail services and space for kids’ educational programs.

Another related development at the south entrance to FortWhyte Alive this fall will be the establishment of a Winnipeg Transit bus stop in a new drop-off loop. The new stop is part of several bus service changes to the Whyte Ridge area, with some reductions in service and changes to some other bus stop locations that may change walking times for some residents.

Speaking of McGillivray, the increase in commercial and residential development means province is considering twinning the portion of McGillivray west of Brady Road. One option would involve constructing a new route immediately to the south of Whyte Ridge – along the old rail bed used by dog walkers and cyclists. Coun. Lukes has additional information available at on her website, www.janicelukes.ca, including a link to a survey as part of the provincial engagement process.

Finally, I must plug the Whyte Ridge Community Centre. The 2024 annual general meeting will be held April 8 at 7 p.m., with an option for attendees to participate online at www.whyteridge.ca

Kim O’Hara, the current president, is stepping down this year. She’s been involved with the board for more than 15 years and took over as president in 2021 as part of a post-COVID-19 effort to get things going again at the centre. She has spearheaded successful applications for numerous grants and led the development of new programming, building upgrades, the new splash pad last year, and new trees being installed this year. She was recognized last year with the Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee award, which was well-deserved. In addition, to president, there are several other board positions open, so please attend and consider helping out.

Nick Barnes