July 17, 2013 4:22 pm

Ban trucks on Provencher Boulevard: councillor

If one Winnipeg city councillor gets his way, heavy truck traffic will be banned from driving on Provencher Boulevard.

St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal has put forward a motion suggesting tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks be prevented from using Provencher. They’d have to find alternate ways to get in and out of downtown, unless they’re making deliveries.

Vandal said he wants Provencher to be more pedestrian and patio friendly.

People sitting outside Postal Cafe said they couldn’t enjoy a coffee and have a conversation because the trucks were so loud.

The owner of Step ‘N Out restaurant said every time a truck drives by, the building shakes, cups and cutlery vibrate and customers don’t like sitting on the patio because of the dust and noise.

Dan Vandal wants to ban trucks from Provencher Boulevard in St. Boniface. He presented a motion to city council on July 17, 2013

Lorraine Nickel

But Bob Dolyniuk with the Manitoba Trucking Association said rerouting trucks will just move the problem to other, more residential streets.

Provencher Bridge was built to handle heavy trucks and banning them now would be a waste of money, he said.

The industry stands to lose millions a year by rerouting, Dolyniuk added, and those costs would be passed on to the consumer.

The motion will be debated in September when council resumes after the summer break.

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