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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 study is required to develop a preliminary design for the rehabilitation as well as improvements to the active transportation network in the study area.


Engage

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.

For further information, contact Lea Hastie, Dillon Consulting Limited: lhastie@dillon.ca or phone (204) 453-2301

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 Seine River bridge will allow for geometric improvements to the roadway. These may include reducing access points around the Fermor and St. Anne’s intersection, less abrupt curves, and longer exit/acceleration lanes to Alpine Avenue and Seagrim Road. Modifications to the intersection of Fermor Avenue and Archibald Street to address the proximity of the intersection of Niakwa Road and Royal Salinger Road will also be studied.

The existing pedestrian bridge across the Seine River immediately north of Fermor Avenue is prone to closure during spring flooding. This study will assess the active transportation needs in the area and provide an appropriate connection of the Niakwa Trail to the north sidewalk of the Fermor Avenue bridge. A grade-separated pedestrian crossing of Fermor Avenue will also be provided to link the Niakwa Trail to Niakwa Road, and extend a new active transportation facility south along Pebble Beach Road to Willowlake Crescent and the Southdale Community Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Was a new bridge structure considered?

An extensive condition assessment of the bridge was completed as part of the preliminary design process. While the existing bridge deck is in poor condition, the underlying support structure is sound. By pursuing a major rehabilitation of the existing bridge structure, the bridge will have a design life of an additional 75 years. A new bridge is not needed at this time, and rehabilitation is a more cost-effective option.

Will access be maintained to existing businesses along Fermor Avenue?

Access to businesses along Fermor Ave and St. Anne's Road in general will be maintained. Minor adjustments during the detailed design phase and short-term temporary closures during construction may occur.

Why are the access points to Alpine Ave from Fermor proposed to be changed?

The existing vehicle access points between Fermor Ave and Alpine Ave have a variety of safety concerns. The western most access point is too close to the intersection of Fermor Ave and St. Anne’s Road, and poses a high potential for vehicle accidents. The eastern most access point is too close to the Fermor Ave 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 Ave to St. Anne’s Road is challenging with the location of the central access point at Alpine Ave and Seagrim Road.

Consolidating three access points into a single access point mid-way on Alpine Ave 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 Ave at St. Anne's Road.
Will Transit service in the area be changed?

Winnipeg Transit routes will be largely unchanged, with the exception of minor alterations to bus stop locations. Route #16 will have some changes due to changes in access points between Alpine Ave and Fermor Ave, and relocation of one or two bus stops on Alpine Ave.

What options are being considered for an active transportation crossing of Fermor Avenue?

There is a strong demand for improved pedestrian and cycling crossings of Fermor Avenue. Pedestrian and cycling improvements have been included in the reconstruction of the Fermor Ave and St. Anne’s Road intersection, as well as at the intersection of Fermor Ave and Archibald Street. A pedestrian and cycling underpass and associated multi-use path is being proposed just west of the Seine River, connecting the Niakwa Road corridor and the future Rue Des Meurons pedestrian and cycling corridor north to St. Boniface.

What pedestrian and cycling facilities were considered as part of this project?

There are a variety of pedestrian and cycling improvements that are being included in this design. These include:

  • A north-south pedestrian and cycling underpass crossing of Fermor Ave, adjacent to the pool in King George Park;
  • An improved multi-use path connection between Niakwa Road pedestrian and cycling corridor, and the pedestrian and cycling underpass;
  • A future pedestrian and cycling facility connecting Fermor Ave adjacent to Pebble Beach Road;
  • Connections to the future Rue Des Meurons pedestrian and cycling corridor north to St. Boniface;
  • A new multi-use path on the northwest corner of Archibald Street and Fermor Ave, connecting the intersection directly to the Niakwa Trail; and,
  • Localized connections and intersection crossing improvements.
Will access and use of the Seine River be maintained? Will the river bottom forest be impacted?

As the underlying bridge support structure will be maintained, there will be no change in accessibility to the Seine River for summer and winter river users. Design measures, such as retaining walls, have been used to preserve the river bottom forest areas.

Will Fermor Avenue remain open during construction?

It is anticipated that, at minimum, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Fermor Avenue during construction. A closure of Fermor Avenue for the project is not proposed at this time. Minor and temporary access restrictions may occur time to time during the construction period.

When will construction take place?

The preliminary design portion of the project should be completed this winter. If City Council chooses to proceed with this project and funding is approved, detailed design would occur in 2017, with construction occurring in 2018-2019.

How will the new bridge deck and road improvements be constructed?

A detailed construction phasing plan will be developed as part of the detailed design process. At present, it is proposed to close the southern bridge span (eastbound Fermor Avenue) for construction, and reroute traffic onto the northern bridge span (westbound Fermor Avenue). Once construction of this section of the bridge deck and pedestrian and cyclist underpass is completed, the northern bridge span would be closed for construction, and traffic rerouted onto the southern bridge span. Other road improvements could occur concurrently. Once construction is completed, both bridge spans would be open to traffic, and Fermor Ave would return to the current four lane configuration.

Why construct this project in a phased manner? Why not construct all of it at once?

The first phase of construction would include critical improvements to address traffic and maintenance issues that need to be completed in the short term. Due to finite resources, some of the other proposed improvements may not be able to be completed at the same time. A phased approach will ensure more time-sensitive aspects of this project will proceed quickly with other improvements to follow at a later date.

Maps


Fermor Study Area Map

Related Links

Complete Communities Direction Strategy (CCDS): http://speakupwinnipeg.com/ourwinnipeg/

Transportation Master Plan (TMP): http://transportation.speakupwinnipeg.com/

Last update: August 17, 2017