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Planning, Property & Development

Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path and Roadway Project

The City of Winnipeg (the City) is currently investigating how best to protect City infrastructure and preserve the south bank of the Assiniboine River on Wellington Crescent between Assiniboine Park and Doncaster Street. Stabilizing the bank is necessary to protect underground utilities and the nearby path and road from further riverbank failure if they are to remain in their current locations.

Various options to manage riverbank related risks will be evaluated to determine the best approach for protecting City assets and amenities. Council approval of the project and funding will be required before construction begins.

Updates

October 2019 - The City has begun a traffic study to evaluate the feasibility of a partial closure to Wellington Crescent for vehicles. A partial closure was identified at the stakeholder meeting and discussed at the adjacent property owner meeting in spring 2019. A partial closure may eliminate the need relocate significant sections of Wellington Crescent, reduce riverbank stabilization costs, reduce traffic volumes and noise along the route, reduce tree removal, and provide enhanced cycling and pedestrian opportunities along the riverbank. Impacts to current and future road users, local residents, Assiniboine Park, and other users will need to be evaluated. Additional public engagement opportunities will occur after the traffic study is complete and before moving forward to the next design phase. Please visit the Recommended Design tab for more details.

May 2019 - A summary of the meeting held with adjacent property owners and stakeholders is now available. Please visit the Engage tab for more details.

April 2019 - The City has completed the Functional Design and Options Assessment phase of the Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path, and Roadway Project. A meeting was held with adjacent property owners to discuss the design and gather feedback. A summary of the meeting will be posted on the project website in May. Please view the timeline for next steps.

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Engage

The City reached out to adjacent property owners and stakeholders in spring 2019 to discuss the recommended design gather feedback. An additional concept that would include a partial closure to Wellington Crescent for vehicles, which was identified at the stakeholder meeting and discussed at the adjacent property owner meeting in spring 2019, is currently being considered. Additional public engagement opportunities will occur after the traffic study is complete and before moving forward to the next design phase. Thank you to all who attended the property owners’ meeting and stakeholder meeting on April 25, 2019. Key themes that were heard at the property owners’ meeting included:

Themes What We Heard
Infrastructure

  • Strong preference to keep Wellington Crescent in its current location
  • In favor of keeping the walk bike path in the wooded area
  • Open to moving the walk bike path to the north side of Wellington Crescent near the Assiniboine Park east entrance
Property impacts
(from Strategy 2)
  • Potential for increased noise and pollution
  • Potential privacy and security concerns
  • Changes to property values
Traffic
  • Traffic volumes on Wellington Crescent are high
  • Traffic speeds on Wellington Crescent are high
Riverbank protection
  • Proactive riverbank protection is important
  • A "do nothing" approach is not favorable
Trees
  • Mature trees are strongly valued
  • Trees contribute to neighbourhood character and should be protected if possible

 

Key themes that were heard at the stakeholder meeting with Bike Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Trails Association included:

Themes What We Heard
Walk Bike Path
  • Current walk bike path is heavily used
  • In favor of keeping the walk bike path in the wooded area and moving the path entirely to the north side of Wellington Crescent
Walk Bike Connectivity
  • Create connections to destinations south of the Assiniboine River
  • Integration the walk bike path with the Route 90 Improvements Study
Wellington Crescent
  • Could Wellington Crescent be closed to vehicular traffic?
  • Could Wellington Crescent be a one-way street?
Placemaking Opportunities
  • Accommodate mountain bikers on the informal trails
  • Potential for cross country ski trails and river access
Riverbank Protection
  • Climate change needs to be considered
  • The dynamic nature of rivers needs to be respected

For more information on what we heard, please view the property owners' meeting summary and the stakeholder meeting summary.

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Project Timeline

Timeline

Timeline

Background

In the summer of 2016, cracks appeared in the walk bike path along Wellington Crescent near Lamont Boulevard. The City was monitoring the area and found that the cracking was caused by riverbank movement. The riverbank movement continued to worsen, and in July 2017 the riverbank failed. The walk bike path was closed for safety reasons and a temporary gravel detour was built along the north curb of Wellington Crescent. The riverbank monitoring also identified potential risks to the path and street at other locations within the project area.

In September 2018, the City began investigating solutions for the project area (see map in Maps tab). The Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path and Roadway Project seeks to:

  • Protect the streets, pathways, lighting and underground utilities from the impacts of ongoing erosion and movement by stabilizing the riverbank or relocating infrastructure out of high risk zones
  • Preserve the riverbank with erosion protection and stability improvements along the south bank of the Assiniboine River
  • Restore the damaged walk-bike pathway or construct a new paved path in a different location along Wellington Crescent

Recommended Design

The City completed a Functional Design and Options Assessment phase in winter 2018/19, which looked at several different overall strategies to improve riverbank stability and protect the streets, pathways, lighting and underground utilities from the impacts of ongoing erosion and riverbank movement. Strategy 2 was selected as the recommended design and presented to adjacent property owners and stakeholders in spring 2019.

The project scope has been expanded to include the development and evaluation of an additional concept that would involve a partial closure to Wellington Crescent for vehicles in the study area (generally between Doncaster Street and Assiniboine Park). A partial closure was identified at the stakeholder meeting and discussed at the adjacent property owner meeting in spring 2019. A partial closure may eliminate the need to relocate significant sections of Wellington Crescent, reduce riverbank stabilization costs, reduce traffic volumes and noise along the route, reduce tree removal, and provide enhanced cycling and pedestrian opportunities along the riverbank.

To better understand the impacts of a partial closure, the City is currently conducting a traffic study and developing conceptual designs to evaluate the feasibility of a partial closure of Wellington Crescent to vehicles. Some of the ideas to be considered will include closing specific segments of Wellington Crescent, or converting segments of the street to a one-way street or lane. The study will also consider other factors including, but not limited to, impacts to current and future road users, impacts to visitors of Assiniboine Park and the Rady Jewish Community Campus, impacts to traffic flow on other regional and local streets, access to properties and access for emergency vehicles.

Additional public engagement opportunities will occur after the traffic study is complete and before moving forward to the next design phase. The project is also subject to budget approval.

More information on the strategies from the Functional Design and Options Assessment phase in winter 2018/19 can be found below.

 

Strategies

Strategy Figure

The project team considered a number of factors when recommending Strategy 2, including those shown in the figure below. Factors in yellow are most desirable.

Strategy Evaluation

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The recommended design will involve placing riprap, and stabilizing the riverbank with a shear key at several locations. The design also involves relocating a section of Wellington Crescent and the path to the south between Doncaster Street and the backlane between Grenfell Boulevard and Handsart Boulevard.

Recommended Design

Recommended-Design-Map

The recommended design is not final and is subject to Council approval and funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does the Assiniboine River need to be stabilized at this location?

Recent monitoring by the City has shown movement within the south bank of the Assiniboine River between Assiniboine Park and Doncaster Street. Riverbank movement damaged the walk bike path along Wellington Crescent in 2017, and further movements could damage the road and underground utilities.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Why didn't stabilization occur before the riverbank failed in July 2017?

The City owns over 100 km of riverbank on the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and faces multiple competing priorities when it comes to riverbank stabilization projects. These types of projects are prioritized based on the risk to public land and infrastructure, and are undertaken as part of a long-range plan with consideration to available funds.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Why hasn't the walk bike path been repaired yet?

Repairs to the walk bike path are not feasible without undertaking riverbank stabilization improvements first.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

When will construction occur and how long will it take?

Riverbank work is expected to begin in the winter of 2020/21 and will take approximately 10 weeks, depending on the design selected and subject to Council approval of the project and funding. Construction on the street and path, landscaping and other utility work along Wellington Crescent is expected to occur in 2021.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Will there be a lot of noise during construction?

There may be some noise associated with the stabilization portion of the work; however, the project team will be taking noise into consideration when planning the construction activities and schedule. The City will work with residents to ensure construction impacts are mitigated as much as possible.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Will construction affect local traffic?

A traffic management plan will be developed to minimize traffic impacts in the area during construction. A notice will be delivered to residents prior to the start of construction outlining any changes in access to local streets and paths. The City will work with residents to ensure construction impacts are mitigated as much as possible.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Will construction affect the walk bike path along Wellington Crescent?

The paved walk bike path has been closed for safety reasons since July 2017 when the riverbank failed. A temporary gravel path was installed to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists during the closure. The temporary path will be left in place or a detour will be provided during construction until repairs on the paved path are complete.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

How much will the project cost?

A Class 4 estimate (expected level of accuracy of -30% to +60%) of $8.8 million was developed for the project. The estimate will be updated after each design phase.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Will construction affect fish in the Assiniboine River?

An aquatic habitat assessment is underway. A plan will be made to protect fish and fish habitat during construction. This plan will require federal approval from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

Will construction affect trees along the Assiniboine River?

It is anticipated that some trees along the riverbank and the Wellington Crescent right-of-way may need to be removed. Tree removal will be considered during design and will be minimized as much as possible. If tree removal is required, replacement trees will be planted.

Date added: November 30 , 2018

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