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Fermor Avenue Bridge over Seine River Rehabilitation and Roadworks

Fermor Avenue is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and a major transportation corridor in southeast Winnipeg. The section of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street, including the bridge over the Seine River, is in poor condition and needs to be rehabilitated. A preliminary design study, completed in 2017, developed a design for the bridge and road rehabilitation, as well as improvements to the active transportation network in the study area. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018.


Engage

Detailed Design and Construction Plan Engagement

Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey that closed on January 24, 2018. We received 68 completed surveys.

The project team is currently reviewing the information and a public engagement report will be available on this project site in the near future.

Preliminary Design Engagement

Thank you to all who attended the Fermor Open House on Tuesday December 13, 2016. Approximately 95 people attended the public open house and we received 32 online surveys and 26 exit surveys at the event.

The online survey was available from November 30, 2016 to January 13, 2017. The online survey is now closed. The project team has analyzed the feedback received and an engagement summary report is now available.

Project Timeline

Fermor timeline

Timeline

Background

Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street was originally constructed in 1953 along with the bridge over the Seine River. The bridge and the roadway were both widened to four lanes in 1969. The bridge was rehabilitated and strengthened in 1984 to support heavier vehicles.

The existing concrete pavement on this section of Fermor Avenue has generally reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Some of the pavement will be reused where possible. The existing bridge deck is rated in fair to poor condition and needs major rehabilitation work to provide a 75 year design life for the rehabilitated structure.

A comprehensive rehabilitation of Fermor Avenue and the bridge over the Seine River will allow for geometric improvements to the roadway. These include reducing access points around the Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road intersection, less abrupt curves, and longer acceleration and deceleration lanes connecting to Alpine Avenue. Modifications to the intersection of Fermor Avenue and Archibald Street to address the proximity of the intersection of Niakwa Road and Royal Salinger Road may occur at a later date.

The existing pedestrian bridge across the Seine River immediately north of Fermor Avenue is prone to closure during spring flooding. The proposed road works will include construction of a new connection between the Niakwa Trail and the north sidewalk of the Fermor Avenue bridge to allow for easy crossing of the Seine River even during high water levels. A grade-separated pedestrian crossing of Fermor Avenue will also be provided to link Des Meurons Street and the Niakwa Trail to Niakwa Road.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Public Engagement Report – Fermor Bridge Rehabilitation and Roadworks Preliminary Design 2017-06-01 Report
Fermor Open House Boards 2016-12-13 Storyboards
Open House Newspaper Advertisement 2016-11-29 Advertisement
News Release 2016-11-29 News Release
Open House Poster 2016-11-29 Advertisement
Open House Post Card Invitation 2016-11-29 Community Letters
Information session advertisement 2018-01-02 Advertisement
Information session postcard invitation 2018-01-02 Advertisement
Information session boards 2018-01-02 Story boards
Information session news release 2018-01-02 News Release

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why not build a completely new bridge instead of rehabilitating the existing one?

The existing bridge deck is rated in poor condition. An extensive condition assessment of the bridge was completed as part of the preliminary design process. Ultimately, rehabilitation of the bridge was selected as the preferred course of action. The rehabilitation will extend the life of the structure and provide corridor improvements.

Will access be maintained to existing businesses along Fermor Avenue?

Access to businesses along Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road will generally be maintained. There will be changes in the access points from Fermor Avenue to Alpine Avenue and short-term temporary closures.

Why are the access points to Alpine Avenue from Fermor Avenue changing?

The existing vehicle access points between Fermor Avenue and Alpine Avenue have a variety of safety concerns. The westernmost access point is too close to the intersection of Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road and poses a high potential for vehicle accidents. The easternmost access point is too close to the Fermor Avenue Bridge over the Seine River for a proper acceleration lane and to allow vehicles to safely merge into traffic. Improving the double left turn lanes from westbound Fermor Avenue to St. Anne’s Road is challenging with the location of the central access point at Alpine Avenue and Seagrim Road.

Consolidating three access points into a single access point mid-way on Alpine Avenue will:

  • Enable safe vehicle movements in all directions with dedicated turn and acceleration lanes;
  • Preserve access to this area; and,
  • Allow improvements to the double left turn lanes on Fermor Avenue at St. Anne’s Road.
Will Transit service be affected during construction?

Route 16 service will be maintained throughout construction. The routing will change both during and after construction and some stops will be temporarily and permanently relocated. These changes are necessary as a result of the roadway modifications but will not substantially affect Transit service in the area. Routes 55 and 59 traveling along St. Anne’s Road will not be affected by construction. The stops on St. Anne’s Road at Fermor Avenue may be temporarily relocated.

What options were considered for a pedestrian and cycling crossing of Fermor Avenue?

There is a strong demand for a pedestrian and cycling crossing of Fermor Avenue, roughly in line with Des Meurons Street to the north. The preliminary design study examined a variety of crossing options at this location, including above grade (bridge) and below grade (underpass) options. The bridge options would have required very long approach ramps that would have lengthened the crossing distance considerably. An underpass was found to be the preferred option, since there is sufficient room to provide clear sight lines for safety.

What pedestrian and cycling improvements will be constructed as part of this project?

The pedestrian and cycling improvements that will be constructed as part of this project include:

  • A north-south pedestrian and cycling underpass crossing of Fermor Avenue in line with Des Meurons Street to the north;
  • Extension and widening of the existing private pedestrian and cycling pathway between Appleton Estates and the Seine River to connect the underpass crossing to Niakwa Road;
  • Direct connections between the Niakwa Trail and the north sidewalk of the Fermor Avenue Bridge over the Seine River; and,
  • Localized connections and improvements.
Will Fermor Avenue remain open during construction?

One lane of travel in each direction will remain open at all times during construction. Two lanes of travel in each direction through the St. Anne’s Road intersection will remain open for the majority of construction. Once the first phase of construction is complete in fall 2018, Fermor Avenue will be temporarily reopened to two lanes of travel in each direction for the winter of 2018-19. Traffic will then return to one lane in each direction for the 2019 construction season.

When will construction take place?

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018. The intersection of Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road, the south side of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street, and the north side of the Fermor Avenue bridge will be rehabilitated during the 2018 construction season. The north side of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street and the south side of the Fermor Avenue bridge will be reconstructed/rehabilitated during the 2019 construction season. The project will open to traffic in fall 2019.

Maps


Fermor Study Area Map

Last update: January 2, 2018