City of Winnipeg reminds citizens: come in, cool off Open City facilities continue to act as 'cooling areas'
Released: 1:11 p.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 19, 2012 - The City of Winnipeg is inviting citizens to come in and cool off in civic facilities during regular operating hours today, and into the weekend as hot, humid weather continues.
City facilities that normally are open on weekdays and weekends will continue to act as 'cooling areas' where the public may come in for relief from the heat, read a book or magazine, and have access to drinking water.
"The City is again extending an invitation for citizens to come in and cool off at open City facilities," said Mayor Sam Katz. "We also want to remind citizens to look in on family and friends during ongoing hot weather."
For regular operating hours, please check websites or contact 311.
Transit Winnipeg Transit continues to run its nearly 190 air-conditioned buses on the longest routes, to provide as much comfort as possible. For Transit routes and information, contact 311 or visit http://winnipegtransit.com.
Access to Water A temporary water trailer will be in place downtown near the Main Street Project and Salvation Army Booth Centre (180 Henry Avenue) to ensure vulnerable persons have a place to refill their personal bottles or containers with safe drinking water, especially during times when other facilities may be closed.
Safety When using additional cooling appliances such as portable air conditioners, citizens are reminded not to overload electrical circuits as this can create a fire risk. Use dedicated circuits, and plug the unit directly into a receptacle, without the use of extension cords. For seasonal electrical safety tips, visit http://www.hydro.mb.ca/.
Citizens are also reminded to never leave people or pets unattended in parked vehicles even for a few minutes, as temperatures can rise quickly and create a dangerous environment.
As heat continues, City offices and facilities will continue to operate as cooling areas, on regularly-scheduled weekday and weekend hours until further notice.
Construction to begin on Pembina Highway Buffered Bike Lanes Project Project the first-of-its-kind in Winnipeg's Active Transportation network
Released: 2:02 p.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 19, 2012 - Beginning the week of July 23, 2012, the City of Winnipeg will begin constructing buffered bikes lanes on Pembina Highway between Crescent and Plaza Drives as part of a rehabilitation project.
Over the next four months, the northbound lanes of Pembina Highway will be rehabilitated and buffered bike lanes will be added next to the curb lane on both the northbound and southbound directions. These buffered bike lanes will connect the Bishop Grandin Greenway and the bike route along Crescent Drive.
This section of Pembina Highway is unique on the Active Transportation network, as it is the only feasible route to connect two existing Active Transportation facilities. Normally, adjacent streets with lower traffic volumes would be used for establishing Active Transportation routes. However, the properties on the east side of this section of Pembina Highway back onto the Red River and west of this section is an industrial area where there are no residential streets connecting Chevrier Boulevard to Bishop Grandin Boulevard.
When complete, this portion of Pembina Highway will accommodate three traffic lanes, a buffered bike lane and enhanced bus stops designed to accommodate larger articulated buses and improved delineation for transit riders, pedestrians and cyclists.
This project is another step in applying the Council-adopted Transportation Master Plan as part of OurWinnipeg. These documents outline the vision in which the City should grow in the next 25 years and specifically how the transportation system is to provide mobility options to all Winnipeggers.
UPDATE: planned traffic restrictions for eastbound Portage Avenue at Fort Street postponed
Released: 4:30 p.m.
WINNIPEG, MB - July 19, 2012 - Due to scheduling changes, traffic restrictions on Portage Avenue that were originally planned as a result of water main work for Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 22, 2012, are postponed.
The City began a five-month project in July 2012 to replace the aging water main and the pavement on Fort Street between Graham Avenue and Portage Avenue.