Modern and efficient community infrastructure like roads and bridges contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, supporting local businesses, and ensuring Canadians spend less time on the road and more time with their families.
Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification from the Government of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to announce the opening of the Waverley Street Underpass to traffic, expected to occur on Monday, August 19, 2019.
Initially budgeted at an estimated $155 million, this project is expected to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget at a total cost of approximately $98 million. Thanks to effective project management and project delivery, the three levels of government will share approximately $57 million in savings.
On August 19, traffic on Waverley Street is expected to begin operating through the newly constructed underpass for the first time. Once this major project milestone is achieved, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will no longer experience train delays at the railway crossing. Following the underpass opening, major roadworks will still be required to remove the detour road and reconstruct a portion of the Taylor Avenue intersection.
The extensive, multi-faceted project includes the replacement of the existing at-grade railway crossing at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue with an underpass. The project also includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Waverley Street as well as the widening of Taylor Avenue between Waverley Street and Lindsay Street to four lanes.
Construction is expected to conclude this fall, with art installation and landscaping to be completed in spring 2020. Motorists may experience traffic delays while construction is ongoing.
Once fully constructed later this fall, the project will improve traffic safety, mobility and capacity, as well as enhance pedestrian and cycling opportunities.