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William R. Clement Parkway and Sterling Lyon Parkway Extensions

Functional and Preliminary Design Study

Update August 2017

Due to project prioritization, the original timeline for this study was extended. The project team is currently updating stakeholders and residents with the revised project timeline. Landowner meetings and an open house will be held in the Fall of 2017 to discuss the draft preliminary design.

The William R. Clement Parkway (WRCP) and Sterling Lyon Parkway (SLP) Extensions are important components of the City’s future transportation system, providing north-south and east-west links in west Winnipeg. The City’s Transportation Master Plan, which guides transportation planning in Winnipeg, includes the WRCP Extension as a major transportation facility, to accommodate future travel demand in the area. In March 2015, a public information display session introduced the public to the WRCP Extension study. Feedback from this event was considered in the development of alignment options for the study. In January 2016, an open house was held to share phase 1 design options and feedback from that event is being considered in the recommendation of the preliminary design.


Engage

Landowner meetings and a public open house will be held in the Fall of 2017. Invitations will be sent to residents in addition to notification through advertisements and social media.

Thank you to those who have participated in the project so far through the information session, open house, and online surveys.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Jopling, Manager Planning and Design, MMM Group Limited 
Email: joplingd@mmm.ca
Phone: 204-943-3178

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Project Timeline

Timeline

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Background

The City's Transportation Master Plan approved by City Council in November 2011 includes the WRCP Extension as a major transportation facility. The WRCP Extension is identified in the Transportation Master Plan as an important component of the City's strategic road network to accommodate the travel demand associated with future residential, commercial, and industrial growth in west Winnipeg.

The City's Transportation Master Plan identifies the extension of the WRCP between Grant Avenue and Wilkes Avenue as a medium-term project. However, on April 25, 2012, Council approved an amendment to the Transportation Master Plan resulting in this portion of the WRCP Extension becoming a short-term project. The future extension of the WRCP between a signalized intersection with the extension of SLP and McGillivray Boulevard is defined as a long-term project.

In December of 2013, the 2014 Capital Budget was approved by Council to include the Functional Design Study of WRCP Extension. In December of 2014, the Capital budget was amended to include funding from the Charleswood Transportation Levy to expand the scope of work to include studying twinning and realignment options for Wilkes Avenue.

Phase I - Shorter-term

  • The recommended road network includes the extension of WRCP from Grant Avenue to a signalized intersection with the extension of SLP.

Phase II* - Longer-term

  • Future extension of WRCP from SLP to McGillivray Boulevard.

*(as per Transportation Master Plan)

Study Scope:

  • Conduct functional and preliminary design studies for the WRCP and SLP extensions
  • Develop alignment options for an east-west connection south of the CN Mainline
  • Develop grade separation options at the CN Mainline
  • Develop alternatives for the Harte Trail crossing
  • Identify potential dog park location(s)
  • Obtain Environmental Act Licensing for Phase 1
  • Conceptual Environmental Assessment Study for Phase 2

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are some of the key components of the WRCP Study? Tell me about this project.

The William R. Clement Parkway (WRCP) Extension is an important component of the City of Winnipeg's future transportation system, providing a north-south link in west Winnipeg. The City's Transportation Master Plan, which guides transportation planning in Winnipeg, includes the WRCP Extension as a major transportation facility, intended to accommodate future travel demand in the area.

The WRCP Extension will include an overpass of the CN mainline, a bridge for the Harte Trail, an environmental assessment, and integration of recreational opportunities such as parks and pathways. The study will not only look at improving the north-south movement of people, goods and services but will also look at improvement to Wilkes Avenue.

Why are we spending money on new roads instead of fixing our existing infrastructure?

The City needs to proactively plan for future growth. The William R. Clement Parkway extension will support economic development, create recreational opportunities and will take us one step closer to the completion of the Strategic Inner Ring Road to reduce traffic on neighborhood streets.

This transportation corridor is intended to support local and regional economic growth for the City; the grade separation of the WRCP Extension at the CN Rail Line at Wilkes Ave., along with many other improvements, will provide more efficient movement of goods and services in the City.

This study is partially funded by the Charleswood Transportation Levy which was developed to support the improvement and development of transportation facilities for that area.

What is the budget for this project? Where is funding going to come from for this project?

This project does not have a construction budget yet. Council has only approved the funding to conduct an engineering study.

How will this new facility impact existing properties?

There are a small number of privately owned properties that will need to be acquired should the William R. Clement Parkway (WRCP) Extension and Re-alignment of Wilkes Avenue construction project receive Council approval in the future.

The City will be in touch with the affected property owners directly and will meet one-on-one with them in the fall of 2017 ahead of a public open house.

Will the dog park be shut down?

The Dog Park area was always intended to be a temporary use of that property, as the City purchased that property many years ago with the intention of using it for a transportation corridor. The City understands the importance of the Charleswood Dog Park to area residents, and has identified a number of alternate locations within the area.

Why are we going to build a road through the heavily treed area, what are we going to do to protect environmentally sensitive areas?

The project team includes a team of environmental and biology professionals who are performing an Environmental Assessment that includes the identification of environmentally sensitive areas. We will take measures to mitigate negative impacts where possible.

Are there traffic signals planned for this new roadway at all the intersections?

A key component of the study is to look at current and future traffic to adequately address traffic needs and to ensure public safety. We have considered a number of options for intersections along the extension including an underpass, overpass and signalized intersection.

When will the public have an opportunity to review the completed Preliminary Design Study and preferred alignment information?

The City is planning an open house for fall 2017. The preferred alignment will be available to view at this event as well as online prior to the event. The open house will also provide an opportunity for the public to provide feedback to the project team. The Preliminary Design Study report will be finalized following this open house and the study will be completed in winter 2018.

There are a small number of privately owned properties that will need to be acquired as part of the preferred alignment. The City will be in touch with the affected property owners directly and will meet with them in the fall 2017. These meetings will occur ahead of a public open house and the preferred alignment will be reviewed at the meetings with property owners.

What are the next steps?

Once the study is complete, it will be presented to Council for their approval of the suggested alignment and understanding of the costs associated to aid the City in seeking funding opportunities.

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Last update: August 8, 2017