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Route 90 Improvements Study (2018)

Route 90 is a vital transportation corridor through Winnipeg, linking major residential, employment and commercial areas in the southwest and northwest quadrants of the city. The route needs to be upgraded to address current and future traffic volumes, new development, future redevelopment, and the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. The City of Winnipeg (the City) is working with technical experts, key stakeholders, and the public to develop a preferred design for the widening of Route 90 between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue, building on the recommendations of the 2012 Transportation Planning Study (TPS), and examining improvements that may be required due to changes in standards and changes in the area since the previous study.


The City previously examined the widening of Route 90 as part of the 2012 TPS, which determined the preferred alignment for the corridor. The goal of this project is to build on the recommendations of the previous study and develop a preliminary design for the widening of Route 90 between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue, including:

  • Three travel lanes in each direction on Route 90. The alignment from Academy Road to Taylor Avenue is not expected to significantly change from the 2012 recommendation;
  • Modifications to the St. James bridges and ramp structures;
  • Modifications to the Portage Avenue and Academy Road interchanges/intersections;
  • Improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users; and
  • Development of staging plans for the eventual construction of the corridor that ensures two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions.

A review of the recommendations from the 2012 TPS was completed to identify what has changed, what has stayed the same, and recommendation of options to be considered as part of the functional design phase from Ness Avenue to Academy Road. Other phases of this project include:

  • Functional Design of options between Ness Avenue and Academy Road – in progress
  • Preliminary Design – April 2018 to February 2019
  • Detailed Design and Construction – timing and funding to be determined by Council

Please visit the timeline tab for more details.

The 2012 Transportation Planning Study

The recommendation from the 2012 TPS was to widen Route 90 on the west side between Taylor Avenue and Tuxedo Boulevard, transitioning to widen on the east side between Tuxedo Boulevard and the St. James Bridges.

The 2012 recommendation was based on technical and cost-benefit considerations, neighbourhood impacts, pedestrian and cyclists’ needs, and public input gathered through a city-wide omnibus survey, stakeholder interviews, meetings with residents and businesses, telephone surveys and public open house meetings. Key stakeholders in the project area included local residents, businesses and property owners, as well as transportation stakeholder groups.

For more information on the 2012 TPS, including a summary of public engagement and its recommendations, please visit the study website.

New Developments Since 2012

Since the completion of the 2012 study, a number of changes have occurred that will need to be considered to allow the project to proceed into detailed design and construction. These changes include:

  • Updated traffic information and forecasts
  • The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies approved by City Council in 2015
  • New accessibility requirements for pedestrian ramps
  • Updates and future planning for Winnipeg Transit
  • Updates to the surrounding transportation network
  • New residential, business, and industrial development in the area
  • Changing conditions of roadways, bridges, and water mains
  • New information on the Kapyong lands redevelopment
  • Updates to the St. James bridge and interchanges at Portage Avenue and Academy Road in light of bridge conditions and to improve access, safety and visibility


The design of Route 90 will consider key improvements to help address the needs of current and future traffic, new developments, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, as well as the surrounding communities.

Improvements include:

Roadway improvements

Roadway improvements for better traffic flow

Safety improvements

Safety improvements to reduce collisions and provide safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists

Walk bike improvements

Walk bike improvements to support pedestrians and cyclists

Place-making improvements

Place-making improvements such as landscaping, green spaces and public art

Forward-thinking improvements

Forward-thinking improvements to accommodate future development





Public engagement will build on the important feedback gathered during the 2012 TPS that helped select a preferred alignment for Route 90. We will be gathering additional input on key areas for this phase of the project, which will be identified by the City and project team as the project progresses. Updates will be provided here as more information on upcoming opportunities for online and in-person engagement become available.

Engagement for this phase of the project will include:

  • Project Advisory Committee (PAC)
  • Stakeholder meetings and outreach
  • Online engagement and statistical surveys
  • Public open house to gather public feedback

We thank all those who participated in the past, and look forward to hearing from you in this new phase of the project.

Project Advisory Committee

A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) has been established to help ensure that local perspectives are clearly heard at all stages of this important project. PAC members have been selected to represent key perspectives and interests and include community members and business groups; area schools and institutions; accessibility, housing and active transportation advocates; and, transport organizations.

The City is committed to listening to all perspectives. We are working together with the PAC and project team to identify other organizations or groups that are not directly represented on the committee, but may nevertheless be impacted by the project and have helpful perspectives or insights to share; including community, Indigenous, business, and resident groups. We will be reaching out to these groups directly or through public engagement activities in 2018.

If you have suggestions for organizations or groups that we should be contacting as part of this project, please get in touch. You can reach us at or by phone at 204-943-3178.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does Route 90 need to be widened?

Route 90 is a vital transportation corridor through the City of Winnipeg, linking major residential, employment, and commercial areas in the southwest and northwest quadrants of the city. The corridor needs to be upgraded to address current and future traffic volumes, new development and future redevelopment, and the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.

What has changed since 2012?

Since 2012, traffic volumes have continued to increase along the corridor and significant commercial and residential development has taken place north and south of the route as well as along it. In addition, the condition of roadways, bridges, water mains and updated requirements concerning design standards, accessibility, transit and City policies will need to be considered as part of the new design.

What improvements can we expect?

The design of Route 90 will consider key improvements to help address the needs of current and future traffic, new developments and future redevelopment, and the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, as well as the surrounding communities.

What part of Route 90 is being studied?

The study area is between Ness Avenue in the north and Taylor Avenue in the south and includes the St. James Bridges, Portage Avenue interchange, Academy Road intersection, and all ramps associated with those facilities. Please visit the maps tab for more details.

What traffic changes can we expect?

The project will consider improvements at key intersections at Grant Avenue, Taylor Avenue, Corydon Avenue and Tuxedo Avenue, as well as the Portage Avenue interchange, and Academy Road intersection, to improve traffic flow and accommodate future traffic forecasts, and accommodation of pedestrians, cyclists and transit. The project will also consider the closure of a number of intersections on Route 90 between Willow Avenue and the Assiniboine River due to limited visibility, difficulty in making a left turn during peak periods, safety concerns, and efficiency considerations around connecting local streets and lanes to a major roadway.

How many lanes will the widened Route 90 include?

In accordance with the findings of the 2012 Transportation Planning Study, the project includes providing three through lanes each way on Route 90, for a total of six lanes along the corridor. The alignment from Academy Road to Taylor Avenue is not expected to significantly change from the 2012 recommendation.

When will construction take place?

Construction on Route 90 would begin only after preliminary design is complete, and City Council has approved the project and funds for a detailed design and construction.

Will Route 90 be closed during construction?

As a part of this study, a construction staging plan is being prepared that will consider access management during construction and recommend two lanes of traffic to be maintained in both the northbound and southbound directions at all times. Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout the site while construction is underway.

What about the noise levels that may result from a widened Route 90?

The project will consider future noise levels along the corridor based on the proposed design and projected traffic volumes. Recommendations for sound attenuation based on the expected noise levels along the corridor will be made during the design, and may include landscaped berms, fences or other methods to address noise impacts resulting from the widened road.

What will an improved Route 90 look like?

The design of an improved Route 90 is still to be determined. The project will include three through lanes of traffic in each direction on Route 90 and modifications to the St. James Bridges and Portage Avenue interchange. It will also include modifications at key intersections and possibly sound attenuation along the corridor. Other considerations will include transit and pedestrian/cycling improvements and land use development potential along the corridor.

As part of the design process, the project will consider place-making improvements such as landscaping, green spaces, and public art to help integrate the route into the surrounding area. Examples could include incorporating tall grasses, shrubs and trees. Amenities such as these can provide shelter, shade, reduce traffic noise, and add visual interest. Tree cover also provides shade for sidewalks and bike paths. They can also maintain the "curb appeal" of residential properties lining the roadway.

Will pedestrians, cyclists and transit be able to use the route?

The design will accommodate all users, including vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and transit. Pedestrian and cycling improvements may include alternative ways for students and community members to cross Route 90. The project will strive to improve upon the City's cycling network providing dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities and connections to existing corridors, downtown and major recreational sites such as Fort Whyte Alive and Assiniboine Park. Transit improvements may include transit priority signals that will allow for more efficient transit operations, improved bus stop platforms, passenger shelters, and pedestrian and cyclist connections.

Will the design allow for commercial trucks?

The design of an improved Route 90 will include commercial trucks. Route 90 is an important economic transportation route and accommodates local, regional, national and international truck traffic. Route 90 is also part of the strategic goods movement network in the City's Transportation Master Plan. Improving the movement of goods along Route 90 will be important to the design and overall success of the corridor.

Will my property be affected?

Improving Route 90 includes balancing the needs of neighbourhood residents with improving capacity for vehicles, transit, pedestrians, and cyclists. The City will consider property impacts along the corridor as part of the design process, which includes privately owned and government properties. Affected property owners will be kept informed as the project moves from technical review to preliminary design.

What is going to happen with the Kapyong lands?

The Kapyong lands are located between Grant Avenue and the CN main line, on both the east and west sides of Route 90. The project team will monitor progress, gather information, and work together with key stakeholders to ensure the design takes into consideration potential new development and land use in this area. Potential land use scenarios will be developed based on the City's land use plan and considered in project planning to help anticipate the impact of future redevelopment of Kapyong lands on Route 90 and understand its potential effects on traffic in the area.

Route 90 is a Regional Street. What is a Regional Street?

Regional streets in Winnipeg are designated by City Council. Regional streets move traffic between major areas throughout the City, link communities with each other and downtown, and provide major access routes from provincial highways to the City's roads and neighborhoods.

How much will it cost?

No construction funding is currently approved and the current construction costs for the project are not yet known. A Class 3 estimate will be prepared as part of the preliminary design for the project and include costs for roadways, interchanges, bridges, overhead sign structures, sewers, surface drainage, utilities, sound attenuation, multi-use pathways, street lighting, pavement markings, traffic detours, landscaping, public art, removals, property acquisition, engineering, administration and contingencies.

How can I have my say on the future of the new Arlington Bridge?

Please visit the engage tab to find out how you can get involved.

Last update: February 5, 2018