Route 90 is a vital transportation corridor through the City of Winnipeg that is vital to carry traffic around, not through, our neighbourhood.
Already one of Winnipeg’s busiest thoroughfares, Route 90 will get busier as developments such as the Waverley West neighbourhoods, the planned redevelopment of the Kapyong Barracks lands, additional commercial development in southwest Winnipeg, and the development of an inland port at James Richardson International Airport.
The City has competed a study that examined options for improving the operation of Route 90 between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue including alterations to the St. James Bridges and ramp structures and the Portage Avenue Interchange.
A major consideration of the study will be the incorporation of Transportation Demand Management initiatives (TDM) to reduce single-occupant vehicle use, including Transit improvements and the development of active transportation features into the study area. Active Transportation is defined as all human powered forms of transportation including walking, cycling, roller blading, etc., for both recreational and commuting purposes.
These options to improve efficiency and safety are likely to include right-of-way widening requirements and roadway or ramp realignments.
The corridor improvements are intended not only to improve traffic flow, but to help reduce the impacts of Route 90 on the adjacent residential environment.
Once the option is chosen there will be further refinement.
Public Consultation Program
The City has embark on a study, the City recognizes the importance of Route 90 as a regional street serving many Winnipegers, as well as the impact that Route 90 has on the adjacent residential and commercial areas. The major goals of the study were to improve traffic movement and reduce congestion along the corridor, improve opportunities for non-vehicular users of the corridor, and mitigate or improve existing or potential impacts on adjacent neighbourhoods. To this end, a comprehensive program of public consultation was designed to engage affected residents and business owners on several levels including first person interviews, small meetings, survey questionnaires and public open houses.
http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/MajorProjects/Route90/42031TimelineWebJan8-09.pdf indicates how the public engagement program will be integrated with the corridor functional design and technical analyses. . [VIEW CONSULTATION TIMELINE]
The major study components, in no particular order, include:Facilitating an integrated Public Consultation program Conducting neighbourhood traffic reviews Assessing active transportation needs and opportunities, and developing solutions Reviewing related municipal services and public utilities Integrating professional landscape design Conducting traffic and transit operations analyses Conducting noise analyses Determining appropriate street access management Conducting a safety review Determining property impacts and acquisition costs Preparing conceptual road alignment options Preparing related bridge and interchange connection options Preparing preliminary design of the recommended road works and bridge/ramp structures Preparing cost estimates Preparing a project phasing schedule for implementation of the recommended option
For complete information including options related to the expansion can be found at: http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/MajorProjects/Route90/
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