‘Everywhere you turn you’re blocked’: Winnipeg driver’s construction angst
But recent traffic jams in a downtown parking structure have led to questions over what kind of planning goes into city road work.
Hundreds of motorists leaving the seven-level parkade at 60 Albert St. at the end of their work day Tuesday got held up. What normally takes just a matter of minutes, instead took hours. The backlog began at around 4 p.m. and didn’t clear until around 6 p.m.
“I actually went back to work for an hour so I didn’t have to stay in line too long,” one driver told Global News on his way out.
“It’s been a real piss-off.”
The City of Winnipeg determined that the delay was due to the contractor not having a flag person in place.
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Kyla Betker was in a taxi during the logjam but decided to walk seven blocks to her destination.
“We missed about three lights in a row and so then I thought that I would get out and walk because I probably will make it faster,” she said.
Motorists said the afternoon rush was much better Wednesday, with a flag person actively directing traffic.
Still, drivers said their drive home each day is far from smooth with road construction on just about every street around the area.
“Honestly I find it a little confusing,” said Sabrina Johnson. “Everywhere you turn you’re blocked.”
She suggested the city stagger its projects.
“If they were to start with one project, complete it and then move onto another project, people wouldn’t be as frustrated,” Johnson said.
The city said it does stagger the roadwork, even though it might not seem like it.
Public works communication officer Ken Allen said there is a lot of work to be done in such a short period of time.
“The city does stagger its construction projects,” Allen said. “You have to remember we have 200 projects that are ongoing throughout the summer so there’s a lot of work that’s going on.”
Allen encourages motorists to plan ahead, allow additional travel time and use alternate routes.
The construction season will continue to be busy, with a record $116 million in road renewal projects planned city-wide.
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