August 13, 2014 12:43 pm
Updated: August 13, 2014 5:48 pm

Detours add travel time for Transcona commuters

Work continues on the Plessis overpass in Transcona.

Tamara Forlanski/Global News

WINNIPEG-Drivers looking at getting in and out of Transcona this weekend will have to face a few detours.

Plessis Road will be completely shut down between Gunn Road and Grassie Boulevard.

Construction crews will be working on the railway crossing from 6 p.m on Friday to 6 a.m Monday.

The city sent out a release reminding drivers to allow additional travel time and to use alternative routes in the area to get to their destination.

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Plessis Road south is still completely closed just north of Dugald Road for construction of a $77 million underpass.

It was shut down last summer. Work has been pushed back. The city expects traffic will be allowed to flow by September 2015.

The City says it included an incentive in its contract for the private sector to finish and open the road around the 2015 May long weekend.

With the closures, Regent Avenue is the main route out of Transcona but drivers on that route hit a slowdown when they hit the Nairn overpass.

Road work also has the overpass down to one lane in each direction. During rush hour traffic heading east usually is backed up a few light cycles.

All the construction has Deb Robert stopping too often to smell the roses.

“It’s slow going,” said the owner of Myra Rose Florist in Transcona. “We can’t do as many deliveries in a day than normal.”

Robert is just thankful it’s not her busy season.

“Had it been during Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, we would be pulling our hair out,” said Robert

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