The City of Winnipeg is asking drivers to be patient for another two months, while construction projects on many major routes in the city wrap up.
Work remains on schedule for popular roads like St. James Street, Ellice Street, Lagimodiere Boulevard, and the south end of Pembina Highway, all expected to be clear in time for the winter.
“It has been very busy, and it requires an excessive amount of planning,” Michelle Stainton with the City of Winnipeg’s Public Works department said.
The city is spending more than $105 million on streets this year, maintaining a record spending amount from 2016.
With projects ongoing across the city, Stainton said drivers will need to prepare for delays, with higher traffic volumes anticipated for back-to-school.
“We certainly emphasize continued patience from pedestrians, drivers and cyclists,” Stainton said.
While many projects are wrapping up and preparing to clear, there are a number of areas that will remain under construction through the winter.
Pembina Highway at Jubilee Avenue will be down to two lanes in both directions until at least the spring. It’s part of the city’s $467 million rapid transit project, expected to be complete by 2020.
“Construction on two bridges right now, traffic moving through those detours and construction, we’re going to keep working on the road, keep working on the pathways, and also some rail work up above,” Rapid Transit project manager, Jesse Crowder said.
Another major project expanding into next year is the Waverley Street underpass. Detours are expected to be set up near the underpass location in the late October.