June 22, 2018
- Largest road construction season in Winnipeg history kicks-off
- New tennis courts and soccer pitch in Thelma J. Call Park causing quite the racquet in Waverley Heights
- Improvements to facility grounds at Valour Community Centre Orioles site unveiled
- Fifteen firefighter recruits graduate from Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service's 10-week orientation and training period
Over 200 road renewal projects planned in 2018
Released: 10:47 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – With over 200 construction projects planned city-wide, Winnipeg's on track for a record year of road construction during the 2018 construction season. The City of Winnipeg’s 2018 budget includes a record $116 million investment for improvements to local and regional streets, back lanes, and sidewalks. In total, approximately 150 lane kilometers of improvements are scheduled this year. In addition, other major infrastructure projects such as Southwest Rapid Transitway, and the Waverley Underpass project are moving forward. As these projects are completed, it will make for a smoother ride for Winnipeggers in all areas of the city.
“The year represents the largest investment in fixing our roads in the city’s history,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Fixing our roads has remained a key priority for me and many members of Council, and by making it a priority over the last four years we are beginning to see our investments making a difference, but more work across our city is still needed. I want to thank all Winnipeg motorists, cyclists, and businesses for their patience as we embark on a record number of road renewal projects this year.”
Investing in infrastructure, specifically fixing roads, has been consistently identified as a top priority of Winnipeggers according to research conducted by Probe Research Inc. The city’s road network is comprised of 7,300 lane kilometers and represent the City’s largest asset class comprising almost half (42%) of the City’s total asset replacement value. According to the City’s 2018 State of the Infrastructure Report, the overall road deficit has been reduced to 1.9 billion dollars from an estimated high of 3.3 billion dollars in 2009. Today, the roads deficit represents 28% of the overall deficit, down from 47% in 2009.
This year’s construction schedule reflects the first time in the city’s history that the procurement process for road infrastructure was accelerated by undertaking engineering consultant work in 2017 for road work scheduled this year. This resulted in preliminary design work being undertaken earlier, in the summer of 2017, on over $15 million of road work scheduled in this year’s capital budget, and includes regional road projects on Pembina Highway and McPhillips Street. Procuring consulting engineering services earlier was identified in a review undertaken by Public Works as an area where the procurement process could be improved and the greatest productivity gains could be realized. These improvements are being realized in this year’s road renewal program.
This year is also the first time the City has introduced Warm Mix Asphalt as part of its Thin Bitumen Overlay (TBO) program. Warm Mix Asphalt provides several advantages over Hot Mix Asphalt. The development process for Warm Mix Asphalt reduces energy needs and associated emissions, it’s safer to handle, and it can extended the paving season by up to three weeks. It’s estimated that up to 30% of all paving work in the United States uses Warm Mix Asphalt, and the introduction of it this year by the City of Winnipeg is being done through the City’s partnership with the Municipal Infrastructure Research Chair.
With such a large volume of work being planned and coordinated, some delays and disruptions can be anticipated for Winnipeg motorists. In order to minimize the impact to traffic, each project has been evaluated on an individual basis, and work is undertaken on weekends and off-peak hours when possible. The project location, traffic volumes, local traffic and project requirements determine what specific lane restrictions are needed. Project managers also work with the City’s Transportation Management Center to reduce the impact to the travelling public where possible.
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, use alternate routes, and download and use the Waze app for the fastest route every day.
New tennis courts and soccer pitch in Thelma J. Call Park causing quite the racquet in Waverley Heights
Released: 12:17 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Committed to improving park amenities in Winnipeg, City Councillor Janice Lukes, South Winnipeg – St. Norbert Ward, and Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, celebrated the official opening of two newly rebuilt tennis courts and a renovated soccer pitch in Thelma J. Call Park, adjacent to R.H.G. Bonnycastle School located in Waverley Heights at 1100 Chancellor Drive. The improvements occurred during the 2016 and 2017 construction seasons.
The soccer pitch had new top soil added, field grading improved, and new sod laid. New portable soccer goal frames were installed, and the catch basins for the land drainage system were repaired. The cost for these improvements was $151,000.
New tennis net stanchions, benches, waste receptacles, tennis nets and perimeter fencing were installed along with a Plexi-pave sport court surfacing and court lines. The cost for these improvements was $187,685.
"Thanks to the Government of Canada's Canada 150 contribution, children and families in Waverley Heights and south Winnipeg will be able to use the new tennis courts and renovated soccer pitch in Thelma J. Caul Park this summer”, said Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid. “Community infrastructure projects like these bring us together, and give us green spaces where we can enjoy time with family and friends."
“The amenities at Thelma J. Call Park are well used and a key destination for families and youth in the area.“ said City Councillor Janice Lukes, South Winnipeg – St. Norbert Ward. “The two brand new tennis courts, plus a new soccer field made possible through an excellent partnership and working relationship with the Government of Canada, will provide increased recreational opportunities for the residents of our rapidly growing South Winnipeg communities.”
A Canada 150 program contribution of $124,000 was awarded to match $124,000 in the City’s Athletic Fields Improvement Capital Fund for the restoration of these outdoor sport facilities. The remaining $90,685 for the upgrades came from the City’s Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program Capital Fund. The total cost of the work at Thelma J. Call Park was $338,685.
Public invited to community event on Tuesday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Released: 1:30 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is unveiling improvements to the facility grounds at Valour Community Centre Orioles site that include new benches, new community garden beds, and a bike track with unique elements.
“This investment in Valour Community Centre Orioles site will ensure families can continue to gather and enjoy this community site as they have for many years,” said Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “It’s important to update and enhance spaces that are valued by area residents. I encourage families to visit the park this summer and enjoy its new features.”
The features of the redevelopment project include a new bike path with fun and unique elements, light standards along the sidewalk on St. Matthews Avenue, aesthetic image panels, benches, a picnic table, bike rack, waste receptacles, fencing, trees, and freshly planted grass surrounding the new pathway.
“Community centres are the core of our communities,” said Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Daniel McIntyre Ward. “The Valour Community Centre Orioles site has a 70-year history in the West End and continues to serve families in the area, which is why I am so pleased to see the redevelopment of the facility grounds. By working together with the City, community groups, and local residents, we were able to provide the community a new place to meet and spend time.”
Members of the public are invited to a community event celebrating the improvements at Valour Community Centre Orioles site, located at 448 Burnell St., on Tuesday, June 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Valour Community Centre Orioles site is one of the oldest community club locations in Winnipeg, first opening its doors in the West End in 1948. The building hosts a variety of sport and fitness activities including the long-running Orioles Boxing Club. The facility also acts as an important hub for community programs supporting nearby students, families, and seniors.
The total cost of improvements at Valour Community Centre Orioles site is $240,000.
Fifteen firefighter recruits graduate from Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service's 10-week orientation and training period
Graduates from Recruit Class #1802 will begin service starting the week of June 24, 2018
Released: 3:16 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At a graduation ceremony this afternoon, Mayor Bowman was joined by Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) Chief John Lane to formally present badges to the City's 15 new firefighters.
“Congratulations to all graduates of the WFPS Recruit Class #1802,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It takes a special kind of person to dedicate themselves to a career like this, and we are very grateful for the commitment each of you have made to serving and protecting the residents of Winnipeg.”
The 15 graduates completed a 10-week orientation and training period which was held at the WFPS Training Academy. The orientation and training period provided recruits with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training specific to WFPS fire operations. Subject areas covered over the 10 weeks included breathing apparatus use, forcible entry, search and rescue techniques, and safe use of firefighting equipment such as ladders and pumps. Additional instruction included orientation to the WFPS organizational and rank structure, and history of firefighting in Winnipeg.
“I am pleased to welcome these 15 new firefighters and firefighter-paramedics into the operations of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service,” said Chief Lane. “They are joining our team of highly skilled frontline staff providing round-the-clock emergency services to Winnipeg’s residents, visitors, and businesses.”
Incoming firefighting recruits are accepted to the 10-week orientation and training period as part of a competitive hiring process. Applicants must have already completed their Level 2 Firefighting Certificate at a recognized firefighting college. Recruits are also required to have Primary Care Paramedic or Emergency Medical Responder certification prior to applying to join the WFPS. For more information on careers with the WFPS, please visit Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service - Careers.