New Waverley Underpass to improve safety and travel times for motorists

Released: August 6, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Underpass expected to open to traffic on August 19, 2019

Winnipeg, MB - Modern and efficient community infrastructure like roads and bridges contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, supporting local businesses, and ensuring Canadians spend less time on the road and more time with their families.

Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification from the Government of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to announce the opening of the Waverley Street Underpass to traffic, expected to occur on Monday, August 19, 2019.

On August 19, traffic on Waverley Street is expected to begin operating through the newly constructed underpass for the first time. Once this major project milestone is achieved, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will no longer experience train delays at the railway crossing. Following the underpass opening, major roadworks will still be required to remove the detour road and reconstruct a portion of the Taylor Avenue intersection.

The extensive, multi-faceted project includes the replacement of the existing at-grade railway crossing at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue with an underpass. The project also includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Waverley Street as well as the widening of Taylor Avenue between Waverley Street and Lindsay Street to four lanes. Construction is expected to conclude this fall, with art installation and landscaping to be completed in spring 2020. Motorists may experience traffic delays while construction is ongoing.

Once fully constructed later this fall, the project will improve traffic safety, mobility and capacity, as well as enhance pedestrian and cycling opportunities.


“These vital improvements to Waverley Street will greatly reduce congestion in Winnipeg. Keeping people and goods moving smoothly is essential to helping our businesses compete and improving Canadians’ quality of life. Thanks to this underpass people can spend more time at their destination and less time getting there.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification from the Government of Canada on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“After years and years of talk, I’m happy we were able to finally get the Waverley Underpass built,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This incredible project came in ahead of schedule and under budget and will greatly improve the flow of traffic and move people more efficiently in an area of our city that has experienced tremendous growth.”

Brian Bowman, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg

Quick facts

  • The governments of Canada and Manitoba are contributing up to $29 million each to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects.
  • The City of Winnipeg will cover the balance of the costs for this $98 million project. CN is also contributing $9.5 million to the City’s share of the project.
  • Approximately 30,000 vehicles will travel through the newly constructed underpass on a daily basis.
  • Prior to the new underpass, motorists would have to wait for between 35 and 40 trains that passed through this rail crossing every day.
  • This project involved the excavation of over 100,000 cubic metres of earth, and the construction of over 12 lane-kilometres of new or rehabilitated pavements.

Associated links

Waverley Underpass Project

Was this information helpful?

How can we make this web page better?

Information collected will be used to improve our website. Do not use this form to submit a request for service or information because it will not be forwarded to departments for response. To submit a request for service or information, contact 311.

This form is not intended to collect personal information; however, any personal information you choose to include in your comments is collected by the City of Winnipeg under the authority of section 36(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of improving our website and will not be used or disclosed for any other purposes, except as authorized by law. Contact the Corporate Access and Privacy Officer by mail (City Clerk’s Department, Susan A. Thompson Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1B9) or by telephone (311) if you have any questions about the collection of this information.