Dublin Avenue Bridge Replacement and Regional Street Improvements
Dublin Avenue and St. James Street
The Dublin Avenue Bridge over Omand’s Creek is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. Bridge replacement will be coordinated with improvements to nearby roadways, including the reconstruction of Dublin Avenue from St. James Street to Midland Street and the rehabilitation of St. James Street from Saskatchewan Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue. A study is required to develop a preliminary design for the bridge replacement and road improvements. Construction is currently targeted for late 2019/early 2020 pending council approval of the project and budget.
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The City is reaching out to stakeholders in the area to better understand construction impacts, including truck/delivery requirements, and to plan for potential improvements to sidewalks and transit stops.
An information session is planned for early 2019 to share further information about the project and provide an opportunity to discuss project inquiries with team members. The exact date is yet to be determined.
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The existing Dublin Avenue Bridge over Omand's Creek is made of timber and concrete. It was originally built around 1950 and was 24 feet wide. In 1962, it was widened to accommodate four lanes and sidewalks were added on both sides. Through the years, additional work and maintenance has been carried out on the structure.
With its narrow sidewalks and vehicle weight load restrictions, the bridge no longer meets current standards and is in poor condition. Road improvements on Dublin Avenue and St. James Street will be coordinated with the design and construction of the new bridge.
The project includes the design and replacement of the bridge on Dublin Avenue over Omand's Creek with a new structure, roadway reconstruction of Dublin Avenue from St. James Street to Midland Street, and the rehabilitation of St. James Street from Saskatchewan Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue. The preliminary design will consider improvements to sidewalks and transit stops, construction routing, and environmental impacts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Construction will take place at Dublin Avenue over Omand’s Creek with the replacement of the bridge. Additionally, regional street improvements will take place including roadway reconstruction of Dublin Avenue from St. James Street to Midland Street and the rehabilitation of St. James Street from Saskatchewan Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue. See Map tab for an overview of the project area.
Reconstruction is done when the pavement structure is in failed condition (not just the surface or pavement joints). It replaces the entire pavement structure and typically includes renewal of all sidewalks, private approaches and full boulevard restoration. This project includes road reconstruction on Dublin Avenue from St. James Street to Midland Street.
Rehabilitation is done when pavement structure is in fair to poor condition, with restoration possible with pavement repairs (joints and select slabs) prior to resurfacing. It includes extensive concrete repairs and new asphalt surfacing. This project includes the preliminary design of road rehabilitation on St. James Street from Saskatchewan Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue.
It's anticipated that most construction activity will be in 2020. However, construction of a new bridge on Dublin at Omand's Creek is planned for the winter of 2019-2020 pending council approval of the project and budget. Construction staging and relevant information on the temporary closure of Dublin Avenue and potential detours will be publicly available at the information session in early 2019.
It's anticipated that Dublin Avenue between Field Street and Orange Street will be closed during the winter months of 2019-2020 to complete the bridge replacement over Omand's Creek. However, access to businesses will be maintained during all stages of construction.
While routine maintenance ensures the bridge is safe, it is in poor condition and no longer meets today's standards for vehicle loads and sidewalk widths.
Access to businesses will be maintained during construction. Construction will be staged to minimize disruption to the public as much as possible. During the bridge and road construction work, the primary impact will be the closure of Dublin Avenue during the construction of the new crossing. Details about these impacts will be determined through public consultation and further design investigation. Construction staging and relevant information on the temporary closure of Dublin Avenue and potential detours will be publicly available at the information session in early 2019.
Omand's Creek is a provincial waterway and classified as a Type A – complex fish habitat with indicator species by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Best management practices will be followed for working near waterways that include bridge construction occurring in late fall and winter when water levels are lowest and the potential for runoff is reduced, thereby minimizing water management requirements. The project will comply with regulatory requirements including those with the City of Winnipeg Waterways, Provincial Waterways, Manitoba Sustainable Development, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and any others to secure the regulatory approvals that may be necessary to protect the area from environmental harm. Potential naturalization works with be coordinated with City Parks and Open Spaces Division and Naturalist Services Branch.
Sidewalks will be improved across Omand's Creek as part of this project, however, it’s anticipated that during construction the sidewalks may be closed. Adding sidewalks on the east side of St. James Street will also be examined.
Bus routes will be temporally modified during construction, however, specific modifications are not known at this time. Permanent changes to bus routes on Dublin Avenue and St. James Street are not being considered as part of this project.
Dublin Avenue will only be closed at Omand's Creek during construction of the new crossing and access to local businesses will be maintained during this time. Detours, if needed, will be considered during the preliminary design of the project and communicated to the public in advance of road closures.
The budget for the Dublin Avenue Bridge Replacement and Regional Street Improvements (Dublin Avenue and St. James Street) is approximately $15 million. Class 3 cost estimates will be prepared upon the completion of preliminary design.