Fermor Avenue Bridge over Seine River Rehabilitation and Roadworks
Fermor Avenue is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and a major transportation corridor in southeast Winnipeg. The section of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne's Road and Archibald Street, including the bridge over the Seine River, is in poor condition and needs to be rehabilitated. Construction began on the project in Spring 2018 following a preliminary design study, public engagement process and final design development. Major construction is on hold until Spring 2019 and is expected to be complete late next year.
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On Sunday, November 3, traffic on Fermor Avenue, between St. Anne's Road and Archibald Street will begin operating on two through-lanes in the westbound direction of travel. The two through-lanes in the eastbound direction will fully reopen to traffic in November. Once completed, the new smoother roadway will provide improved safety and travel times for motorists.
The extensive, multi-faceted project was constructed in phases over the last two years to minimize traffic disruptions. The project included the reconstruction of the Fermor Avenue between St. Anne's Road to Archibald Street and the rehabilitation of the bridge over the Seine River among other improvements.
Construction on Fermor Avenue between St. Anne's Road and Archibald Street will begin on March 28, 2019. Traffic on Fermor will be reduced to one lane in each direction on March 31.
This year's activities include:
- Rehabilitation of the south section of the Fermor Bridge over the Seine River
- The north half of the pedestrian-cyclist underpass
- The remaining roadworks including the rehabilitation of the Archibald and St. Anne's intersection
We do not anticipate any major closures at Fermor and St. Anne's, however there will be numerous closures at the Fermor and Archibald intersection throughout this construction season.
Stage 1 construction commenced in May of 2018 and progressed throughout the summer and fall. In this time, several items of work have been completed including:
- Construction of the south half of the Pedestrian-Cyclist Underpass;
- Rehabilitation of the north side of the Fermor Bridge over the Seine River;
- Reconstruction of the St. Anne's and Fermor Intersection;
- Reconstruction of several road segments.
The major construction activities for 2018 have been completed and all lanes of traffic are now open. Several minor work activities are anticipated to occur over the winter. However, four lanes of traffic on Fermor will be maintained for the majority of the 2018/19 winter with intermittent lane closures for minor work activities.
Stage 2 construction activities are anticipated to commence in spring of 2019. The major construction activities will consist of the rehabilitation of the south of the Fermor Bridge over the Seine River, the north half of the pedestrian-cyclist underpass and the remaining roadworks including the rehabilitation of the Archibald and St. Anne's intersection. To complete this work, median cross overs will be implemented and traffic will be down to two lanes until fall 2019.
Street renewal is anticipated to begin in early May 2018 and weather permitting, be completed by the end of October 2019. The work will include rehabilitating the existing bridge, reconstructing Fermor Avenue with a new surface, including safety, geometric and access improvements, pedestrian and cyclist facility pathways including a new pedestrian-cyclist underpass through Fermor Avenue.
The Project will be completed in two stages and includes the following work:
- Stage 1 (May through October 2018) – Construction of the south half of the pedestrian-cyclist underpass, north half of the bridge, Fermor Avenue/St. Anne's Road intersection, and the eastbound lanes of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne's intersection and the pedestrian-cyclist underpass; and,
- Stage 2 (April through October 2019) – Construction of the north half of the pedestrian-cyclist underpass, south half of the bridge, and Fermor Avenue between St. Anne's Road and Archibald Street.
For more information please see the construction notice posted under the documents tab.
Detailed Design and Construction Plan Engagement
Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey that closed on January 24, 2018. We received 68 completed surveys.
Preliminary Design Engagement
Thank you to all who attended the Fermor Open House on Tuesday December 13, 2016. Approximately 95 people attended the public open house and we received 32 online surveys and 26 exit surveys at the event.
The online survey was available from November 30, 2016 to January 13, 2017. The online survey is now closed. The project team has analyzed the feedback received and an engagement summary report is now available.
Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street was originally constructed in 1953 along with the bridge over the Seine River. The bridge and the roadway were both widened to four lanes in 1969. The bridge was rehabilitated and strengthened in 1984 to support heavier vehicles.
The existing concrete pavement on this section of Fermor Avenue has generally reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Some of the pavement will be reused where possible. The existing bridge deck is rated in fair to poor condition and needs major rehabilitation work to provide a 75 year design life for the rehabilitated structure.
A comprehensive rehabilitation of Fermor Avenue and the bridge over the Seine River will allow for geometric improvements to the roadway. These include reducing access points around the Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road intersection, less abrupt curves, and longer acceleration and deceleration lanes connecting to Alpine Avenue. Modifications to the intersection of Fermor Avenue and Archibald Street to address the proximity of the intersection of Niakwa Road and Royal Salinger Road may occur at a later date.
The existing pedestrian bridge across the Seine River immediately north of Fermor Avenue is prone to closure during spring flooding. The proposed road works will include construction of a new connection between the Niakwa Trail and the north sidewalk of the Fermor Avenue bridge to allow for easy crossing of the Seine River even during high water levels. A grade-separated pedestrian crossing of Fermor Avenue will also be provided to link Des Meurons Street and the Niakwa Trail to Niakwa Road.
|Public Engagement Report – Fermor Bridge Rehabilitation and Roadworks Preliminary Design||2017-06-01||Report|
|Fermor Open House Boards||2016-12-13||Storyboards|
|Open House Newspaper Advertisement||2016-11-29||Advertisement|
|News Release||2016-11-29||News Release|
|Open House Poster||2016-11-29||Advertisement|
|Open House Post Card Invitation||2016-11-29||Community Letters|
|Information session advertisement||2018-01-02||Advertisement|
|Information session postcard invitation||2018-01-02||Advertisement|
|Information session boards||2018-01-02||Story boards|
|Information session news release||2018-01-02||News Release|
|Construction notice||2018-04-24||Community Letters|
|Public Engagement Summary||2018-05-04||Report|
|Public Engagement Report||2018-05-04||Report|
Frequently Asked Questions
The existing bridge deck is rated in poor condition. An extensive condition assessment of the bridge was completed as part of the preliminary design process. Ultimately, rehabilitation of the bridge was selected as the preferred course of action. The rehabilitation will extend the life of the structure and provide corridor improvements.
Access to businesses along Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road will generally be maintained. There will be changes in the access points from Fermor Avenue to Alpine Avenue and short-term temporary closures.
The existing vehicle access points between Fermor Avenue and Alpine Avenue have a variety of safety concerns. The westernmost access point is too close to the intersection of Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road and poses a high potential for vehicle accidents. The easternmost access point is too close to the Fermor Avenue Bridge over the Seine River for a proper acceleration lane and to allow vehicles to safely merge into traffic. Improving the double left turn lanes from westbound Fermor Avenue to St. Anne’s Road is challenging with the location of the central access point at Alpine Avenue and Seagrim Road.
Consolidating three access points into a single access point mid-way on Alpine Avenue will:
- Enable safe vehicle movements in all directions with dedicated turn and acceleration lanes;
- Preserve access to this area; and,
- Allow improvements to the double left turn lanes on Fermor Avenue at St. Anne’s Road.
Route 16 service will be maintained throughout construction. The routing will change both during and after construction and some stops will be temporarily and permanently relocated. These changes are necessary as a result of the roadway modifications but will not substantially affect Transit service in the area. Routes 55 and 59 traveling along St. Anne's Road will not be affected by construction. The stops on St. Anne’s Road at Fermor Avenue may be temporarily relocated.
There is a strong demand for a pedestrian and cycling crossing of Fermor Avenue, roughly in line with Des Meurons Street to the north. The preliminary design study examined a variety of crossing options at this location, including above grade (bridge) and below grade (underpass) options. The bridge options would have required very long approach ramps that would have lengthened the crossing distance considerably. An underpass was found to be the preferred option, since there is sufficient room to provide clear sight lines for safety.
The pedestrian and cycling improvements that will be constructed as part of this project include:
- A north-south pedestrian and cycling underpass crossing of Fermor Avenue in line with Des Meurons Street to the north;
- Extension and widening of the existing private pedestrian and cycling pathway between Appleton Estates and the Seine River to connect the underpass crossing to Niakwa Road;
- Direct connections between the Niakwa Trail and the north sidewalk of the Fermor Avenue Bridge over the Seine River; and,
- Localized connections and improvements.
One lane of travel in each direction will remain open at all times during construction. Two lanes of travel in each direction through the St. Anne’s Road intersection will remain open for the majority of construction. Once the first phase of construction is complete in fall 2018, Fermor Avenue will be temporarily reopened to two lanes of travel in each direction for the winter of 2018-19. Traffic will then return to one lane in each direction for the 2019 construction season.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018. The intersection of Fermor Avenue and St. Anne’s Road, the south side of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street, and the north side of the Fermor Avenue bridge will be rehabilitated during the 2018 construction season. The north side of Fermor Avenue between St. Anne’s Road and Archibald Street and the south side of the Fermor Avenue bridge will be reconstructed/rehabilitated during the 2019 construction season. The project will open to traffic in fall 2019.