Route 90 Improvements Study (2018)
Route 90 is a vital transportation corridor through Winnipeg, linking major residential, employment and commercial areas in the southwest and northwest quadrants of the city. The route needs to be upgraded to address current and future traffic volumes, new development, future redevelopment, and the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. The City of Winnipeg (the City) is working with technical experts, key stakeholders, and the public to develop a preferred design for the widening of Route 90 between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue, building on the recommendations of the 2012 Transportation Planning Study (TPS), and examining improvements that may be required due to changes in standards and changes in the area since the previous study.
- Project Advisory Committee
Earlier this year, Executive Policy Committee directed the public service to formally enter into discussions with the Province of Manitoba regarding acquisition of all or parts of the Manitoba Youth Centre land to accommodate the proposed westerly expansion of Route 90.
Expanding Route 90 to the west is once again being considered as an option, as the City is committed to minimizing property impacts; westerly expansion would reduce the number of acquired homes and reduce negative impacts on surrounding neighbourhoods.
The City is currently communicating with the Province and intends to reopen public engagement opportunities in fall 2019 to discuss both options prior to starting the preliminary design phase of the selected option.
We continue to refine our next steps and will be back to the public and stakeholders later this spring with more information on the design, revised timelines and details on how to get involved.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Route 90 improvements study. The project team continues to refine the functional design with the help of public input collected in 2018. We will reach out to you again in early 2019 with more information on the design and details on how to get involved. We appreciate your patience – stay tuned!
Thank to you those who participated in Phase 2 of engagement and to those community members who pointed out areas for improvement in project web content. Please visit the documents tab for summaries and results and project advisory committee tab and FAQs tab to find updated information on the project.
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Phase 2 of public engagement provided Winnipeggers with an opportunity to share input on key areas for the preliminary design, including: active transportation, traffic changes, transit, local improvements and access, accessibility and other design elements. Thank you to all who participated. A Phase 2 Public Engagement Summary Report is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the second phase of public engagement.
Engagement in Phase 2 included:
- Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting
- Stakeholder outreach and meetings (6)
- Online survey and scientific survey
- Pop-up events (2)
Visit the documents tab for summaries and results of Phase 2. The City will refine the functional design into a preliminary design with the help of input collected from Phase 2 of public engagement. Phase 3 of public engagement will begin in winter 2018/19, which will coincide with the completion of the preliminary design.
For inquiries or those who require alternate formats to participate, please contact the project team at 204-943-3178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all those who completed the first online survey. Online surveys were accepted until April 6, 2018. A Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary Report is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the first phase of public engagement.
Engagement in Phase 1 included:
- Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings
- Stakeholder meetings and outreach
- Online survey and statistical survey
The City previously examined the widening of Route 90 as part of the 2012 TPS, which determined the preferred alignment for the corridor. The goal of this project is to build on the recommendations of the previous study and develop a preliminary design for the widening of Route 90 between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue, including:
- Three travel lanes in each direction on Route 90. The alignment from Academy Road to Taylor Avenue is not expected to significantly change from the 2012 recommendation;
- Modifications to the St. James bridges and ramp structures;
- Modifications to the Portage Avenue and Academy Road interchanges/intersections;
- Improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users; and
- Development of staging plans for the eventual construction of the corridor that ensures two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions.
A review of the recommendations from the 2012 TPS was completed to identify what has changed, what has stayed the same, and recommendation of options to be considered as part of the functional design phase from Ness Avenue to Academy Road. Other phases of this project include:
- Functional Design (3.4 MB) (60.5 MB) of options between Ness Avenue and Academy Road – complete
- Preliminary Design – in progress
- Detailed Design and Construction – timing and funding to be determined by Council
Please visit the timeline tab for more details.
The 2012 Transportation Planning Study
The recommendation from the 2012 TPS was to widen Route 90 on the west side between Taylor Avenue and Tuxedo Boulevard, transitioning to widen on the east side between Tuxedo Boulevard and the St. James Bridges.
The 2012 recommendation was based on technical and cost-benefit considerations, neighbourhood impacts, pedestrian and cyclists' needs, and public input gathered through a city-wide omnibus survey, stakeholder interviews, meetings with residents and businesses, telephone surveys and public open house meetings. Key stakeholders in the project area included local residents, businesses and property owners, as well as transportation stakeholder groups.
For more information on the 2012 TPS, including a summary of public engagement and its recommendations, please visit the study website.
New Developments Since 2012
Since the completion of the 2012 study, a number of changes have occurred that will need to be considered to allow the project to proceed into detailed design and construction. These changes include:
- Updated traffic information and forecasts
- The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies approved by City Council in 2015
- New accessibility requirements for pedestrian ramps
- Updates and future planning for Winnipeg Transit
- Updates to the surrounding transportation network
- New residential, business, and industrial development in the area
- Changing conditions of roadways, bridges, and water mains
- New information on the Kapyong lands redevelopment
- Updates to the St. James bridge and interchanges at Portage Avenue and Academy Road in light of bridge conditions and to improve access, safety and visibility
The design of Route 90 will consider key improvements to help address the needs of current and future traffic, new developments, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, as well as the surrounding communities.
Roadway improvements for better traffic flow
Safety improvements to reduce collisions and provide safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists
Walk bike improvements to support pedestrians and cyclists
Place-making improvements such as landscaping, green spaces and public art
Forward-thinking improvements to accommodate future development
|Functional Design (PDF 3.4 MB) (PDF 60.5 MB)||2018-06-13||Map|
|Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary Report||2018-06-13||Report|
|Phase 2 Online Survey Results||2018-08-24||Report|
|Phase 2 Scientific Survey Results||2018-08-24||Report|
|Phase 2 Engagement Event Summaries||2018-08-24||Report|
|Phase 2 Public Engagement Summary Report||2018-09-19||Report|
Project Advisory Committee
A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) has been established to help ensure that local perspectives are clearly heard at all stages of this project. PAC members have been selected to represent key perspectives and interests and include community members and business groups; area schools and institutions; accessibility, housing and active transportation advocates; and transport organizations.
PAC members are committed community partners that access their own broad community networks to coordinate feedback, and share information and updates throughout the project. PAC members are provided with the same information that is shared with the public and do not have additional influence on the project.
Specifically, the purpose of the committee is to:
- Verify and confirm the project goal and objectives;
- Facilitate information sharing between community, stakeholders and the project team; and
- Share and gather input on aspects of the project where stakeholder perspectives will help inform the design.
Please see the PAC Terms of Reference for more information or view the meeting notes from previous PAC meetings:
Current representatives include:
|Gayle Waxman||Rady JCC|
|Gordon Armstrong||Carpathia School|
|Veronica Eno||Seasons Outlet Winnipeg|
|Mark Cohoe||Bike Winnipeg|
|Aaron Dolyniuk||Manitoba Trucking|
|Tom Scott||Academy Road BIZ|
|Jennifer Mathieson||St. James BIZ|
|Claire Mahoney & Dave Turton||Carpathia Housing Co-op|
|Daevid Ramey||École Assiniboine Parent Council|
|Alexis Kinloch||Winnipeg Arts Council|
|Chris Sobkowicz||Access Advisory Committee|
|Ingrid Nolan||Kenaston Village Mall - Superior Management|
|Jolene McKay||Haven II Senior Citizens Residence|
|David & Carol Styles||Kenaston Community Network|
The City is committed to listening to all perspectives. We are working together with the PAC and project team to identify other organizations or groups that are not directly represented on the committee, but may nevertheless be impacted by the project and have helpful perspectives or insights to share; including community, Indigenous, business, and resident groups.
If you have suggestions for organizations or groups that we should be contacting as part of this project, please get in touch. You can reach us at Route90@winnipeg.ca or by phone at 204-943-3178.
Frequently Asked Questions
Route 90 is a vital transportation corridor through the City of Winnipeg, linking major residential, employment, and commercial areas in the southwest and northwest quadrants of the city. The corridor needs to be upgraded to address current and future traffic volumes, new development and future redevelopment, and the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
Since 2012, traffic volumes have continued to increase along the corridor and significant commercial and residential development has taken place north and south of the route as well as along it. In addition, the condition of roadways, bridges, water mains and updated requirements concerning design standards, accessibility, transit and City policies will need to be considered as part of the new design.
Regional streets in Winnipeg are designated by City Council. Regional streets move traffic between major areas throughout the City, link communities with each other and downtown, and provide major access routes from provincial highways to the City's roads and neighborhoods.
In accordance with the findings of the 2012 Transportation Planning Study, the project includes providing three through lanes each way on Route 90, for a total of six lanes along the corridor.
Consideration for providing six lanes on a street generally occurs once daily traffic volumes reach 35,000 vehicles per day. This threshold has been reached, with current weekday traffic volumes on Route 90 on the St. James Bridges at 79,000 vehicles per day and between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue exceeding 40,000 vehicles per day.
The forecast traffic on Route 90 can be accommodated with three lanes in each direction for the next 25 years. Four lanes in each direction would require additional property acquisition and is not required to accommodate the forecast horizon year traffic volumes.
The design of an improved Route 90 has yet to be determined. The project will include three through lanes of traffic in each direction on Route 90 and modifications to the St. James Bridges and Portage Avenue interchange. It will also include modifications at key intersections and possibly sound attenuation along the corridor. Other considerations will include transit and pedestrian/cycling improvements and land use development potential along the corridor.
As part of the design process, the project will consider place-making improvements such as landscaping, green spaces, and public art to help integrate the route into the surrounding area. Examples could include incorporating tall grasses, shrubs and trees. Amenities such as these can provide shelter, shade, reduce traffic noise, and add visual interest. Tree cover also provides shade for sidewalks and bike paths. They can also maintain the "curb appeal" of residential properties lining the roadway.
The design will accommodate pedestrian and cycling facilities along the corridor, providing connections for pedestrians and cyclists into the adjacent neighbourhoods, providing safe crossing locations along the corridor, providing safe connections to transit stops, and incorporating landscaping and streetscaping elements adjacent to the corridor. Neighborhood connectivity will also be discussed as part of the public engagement process and feedback from the public will be reviewed.
Construction and Project Costs
Construction on Route 90 would begin only after preliminary design is complete, and City Council has approved the project and funds for a detailed design and construction.
As a part of this study, a construction staging plan is being prepared that will consider access management during construction and recommend two lanes of traffic to be maintained in both the northbound and southbound directions at all times. Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout the site while construction is underway.
No construction funding is currently approved and the current construction costs for the project are not yet known. The current project cost is estimated at $450 million and is considered a Class 5 estimate with an accuracy of -50% to +100% This rough estimate is used to make an assessment of initial viability and for long range capital planning. A Class 3 estimate (accuracy -20% to +30%) will be prepared as part of the preliminary design for the project and will include costs for roadways, interchanges, bridges, overhead sign structures, sewers, surface drainage, utilities, sound attenuation, multi-use pathways, street lighting, pavement markings, traffic detours, landscaping, public art, removals, property acquisition, engineering, administration and contingencies. A Class 3 estimate for the project is required for Council approval and funding.
A Transportation Planning Study was conducted in 2009 in which a recommended roadway alignment was developed with a Class 4 estimate (accuracy -30% to +60%) of $129 million. However, the scope of that Study was limited to evaluating roadway alignment alternatives and recommending a preferred alignment on which the current study is based on. The current project includes changes to the St. James Bridges, so the Class 5 estimate of $450 million is higher than the 2009 Class 4 estimate. A Class 3 estimate (accuracy -20% to +30%) will be prepared as part of the preliminary design to account for the full project scope including the extensive changes to the St. James Bridges.
The design will accommodate all users, including vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and transit. Pedestrian and cycling improvements may include alternative ways for students and community members to cross Route 90. The project will strive to improve upon the City's cycling network providing dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities and connections to existing corridors, downtown and major recreational sites such as Fort Whyte Alive and Assiniboine Park. Transit improvements may include transit priority signals that will allow for more efficient transit operations, improved bus stop platforms, passenger shelters, and pedestrian and cyclist connections.
In the 2012 Transportation Planning Study a pedestrian overpass of Route 90 was recommended at Lockston Avenue to replace the existing at-grade crossing. As part of the current study both an at-grade crossing and an overpass will be investigated at this location.
Improving Route 90 includes balancing the needs of neighbourhood residents with improving capacity for vehicles, transit, pedestrians, and cyclists and may require land that cannot be accommodated within existing City-owned property. As a result, it may be necessary for the City to purchase private property as part of this project. The City will consider property impacts along the corridor as part of the design process, which includes privately owned and government properties. Affected property owners will be kept informed as the project moves from functional design to preliminary design.
Property acquisition or negotiations will not begin until the preliminary design is complete and City Council has approved the project and funds for detailed design and construction.
Whether the property is purchased or expropriated, the landowner will receive an offer based on current market value. Negotiations are part of most purchases and expropriations. For more information, visit our commonly asked questions and answers about the City acquisition and expropriation process.
The Kapyong lands are located between Grant Avenue and the CN main line, on both the east and west sides of Route 90. The project team will monitor progress, gather information, and work together with key stakeholders to ensure the design takes into consideration potential new development and land use in this area. Potential land use scenarios will be developed based on the City's land use plan and considered in project planning to help anticipate the impact of future redevelopment of Kapyong lands on Route 90 and understand its potential effects on traffic in the area.
The City has only acquired homes where the property owner approached the City or the house was publicly marketed for sale. Due to subsequent budgetary constraints, the City has been unable to acquire any additional homes during the past few years.
The majority of the homes that the City has purchased are managed by the Winnipeg Housing and Rehabilitation Corporation and rented to third parties. Several of the homes that were purchased were in poor condition at the time of sale and were uneconomical to maintain and rent. As a result, the City has demolished a few homes within the proposed alignment.
Traffic volumes on Route 90 vary along the corridor between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue, with the highest volumes found between Portage Avenue and Academy Road on the St. James Bridges. The weekday traffic volume on the St. James Bridges was approximately 79,000 vehicles per day in 2017.
Modifications along the corridor will be recommended to improve traffic operations and could include changing signal timings and adding lanes at intersections to accommodate traffic flow. The project will also consider the closure of a number of non-signalized intersections on Route 90 between Willow Avenue and the Assiniboine River due to limited visibility, difficulty in making a left turn during peak periods, safety concerns, and efficiency considerations around connecting local streets and lanes to a major roadway.
The City's forecasting model predicts traffic on Route 90 will increase with or without widening. Eliminating the bottleneck between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue will allow more traffic to pass more freely. Providing six lanes along with improved transit stops and active transportation pathways is a practical balance to accommodate current and forecasted traffic volumes. Traffic currently short-cutting on residential side streets will likely return to Route 90 after the road is widened, but this is a small percentage of total traffic on the route.
The posted speed limit on Route 90 is expected to be 60 km/h from Taylor Avenue to Ness Avenue after the widening. Speed limits in Winnipeg are recommended by the Public Works Department and approved by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works. For more information on how speed limits are set, please visit the Speed Limit Setting webpage.
Based on 2017 traffic counts on the St. James bridges, trucks accounted for 4% of current daily traffic on Route 90, which corresponds to about 3,000 trucks per day. The majority of the existing congestion issues are caused by the high volume of total traffic along the corridor. Removing trucks, which account for just 4% of total traffic, from the intersections along Route 90 would not be enough to solve congestion along the corridor.
The design of an improved Route 90 will include commercial trucks. Route 90 is an important economic transportation route and accommodates local, regional, national and international truck traffic. Route 90 is also part of the strategic goods movement network in the City's Transportation Master Plan. Improving the movement of goods along Route 90 will be important to the design and overall success of the corridor.
The City will look at existing noise levels and future noise levels as part of the project. The project will study future noise levels along Route 90 based on the projected traffic volumes and proposed alignment identified in the preliminary design. The noise study will be undertaken during the preliminary design.
The noise study will help determine where sound attenuation measures are necessary along Route 90. Once these locations are identified, sound attenuation measures for each location will be recommended based on expected noise levels and the roadway alignment. Sound attenuation may include landscaped berms, fences or other methods to address noise impacts resulting from the widened road. Proposed sound attenuation will be presented to the public along with the preliminary design in winter 2018/19.
Public engagement is an important part of the project and there are multiple opportunities to provide feedback on key areas for the project. For more information, please visit the Engage tab.
The 2012 Transportation Planning Study included two phases of engagement that consisted of stakeholder interviews, resident/business meetings, open houses and scientific surveys. More information can be found on the 2012 Transportation Planning Study website. The ongoing Route 90 Improvement study consists of three phases of engagement that began in spring 2018. Information on the now concluded Phase 1 and 2 engagements is available on the Engage tab. Phase 3 of public engagement will begin in winter 2018/19.