Downtown Bike Lane System and Street Improvements
Connecting the Forks to the Exchange District
Construction of a new, two-way protected bike lane along Garry Street with connections to the Exchange District on Notre Dame Avenue, Princess Street, and Arthur Street is underway and is expected to be complete in 2019. When complete, the new protected bike lane will provide a safe link from the Assiniboine Avenue cycle track to the Exchange District. The two-way bike lane will be physically separated from vehicle traffic, enhancing safety and comfort for all users.
The project includes street pavement rehabilitations and resurfacing on Garry Street between Assiniboine Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue between Portage Avenue and Princess Street, as well as the resurfacing of Princess Street between Notre Dame Avenue and William Avenue benefitting motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. New tree plantings, increased bike parking and site amenities throughout the project area will be included. Also included is a pavement reconstruction and streetscaping on Donald Street between Portage Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue started in 2017, expected to be completed in 2018.
Additional construction along McDermot and Bannatyne Avenues will take place as part of the West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor project. For more information please see the West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor web page.
- Project Updates
Completing the new downtown bike lane will include a full renewal of Garry Street/Notre Dame Avenue and upgrades on Princess Street and Arthur Street that will be completed in phases. Construction will continue starting in spring 2018 through the 2019 construction season.
Construction notices advising of local impacts such as temporary lane closures will be posted in the Project Updates section in advance of each construction phase. Businesses and other area stakeholders will be notified directly in advance of local construction.
2018 Construction activities - May through October 2018
- Albert Street watermain renewal - McDermot Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
- Notre Dame Avenue reconstruction, protected bike lanes and streetscaping - Portage Avenue to Princess Street
- Remainder of Donald Street reconstruction between Portage Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue
- Garry Street reconstruction, protected bike lanes and streetscaping - Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
- Princess Street resurfacing - William Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
- Notre Dame Avenue protected bike lane - Princess Street to Adelaide Street
- Arthur Street painted bike lane - Notre Dame Avenue to McDermot Avenue
- Construction in McDermot and Bannatyne intersections from Waterfront Drive to Furby Street as part of the West Alexander to East Exchange Corridor project.
- Donald Street pavement reconstruction, sidewalk renewal, streetscape enhancements and improved lighting—Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue—50% COMPLETE, expected to be completed in 2018
- Construction phasing map
- Traffic restrictions:
- A minimum of one lane of traffic shall be maintained on Donald Street, Notre Dame Avenue, Garry Street and Princess Street during construction. Additional lanes of traffic will be maintained where possible.
- Pedestrian access will be maintained to the extent possible. Prior to interruptions to access the applicable property owner will be notified.
- Parking on the street will be prohibited in construction zones as needed. Loading zones will be maintained where possible.
- Accommodation for cyclists will be made during construction to assure their safe passage through the construction zones.
Anticipated 2019 Construction
- Garry Street resurfacing, protected bike lanes and streetscaping - Portage Avenue to Assiniboine Avenue
Full project completion: fall 2019
2017 Construction activities – June through October 2017
- Watermain renewal:
- Donald Street - Portage Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
- Princess Street - Notre Dame Avenue to William Avenue
- Arthur Street - McDermot Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
- Smith Street - Ellice Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue
- Garry Street - Portage Avenue to Graham Avenue
- Garry Street - Broadway to Assiniboine Avenue
- Broadway - Smith Street to Garry Street
- Pioneer Avenue near Main Street
Update May 2018
Construction of the Downtown Bike Lane System and Street Improvements project will resume in mid-May. The project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 construction is anticipated to take place during the 2018 construction season, with phase 2 taking place during the 2019 construction season. For more details, please see the April construction notice.
Update February 2018
Construction of the Downtown Bike Lane System and Street Improvements project will start up again this spring. The project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 construction is anticipated to take place during the 2018 construction season, with phase 2 taking place during the 2019 construction season. For more details, please see the February construction notice.
Construction notices related to work in the project area will be posted here prior to construction. If you have questions about road renewals or want to receive construction notices via email please contact Debbie Hillman at AECOM Canada 204-928-7445 or Debbie.email@example.com.
Update July 2017
Downtown infrastructure improvements, including construction of a new downtown protected bike lane, are beginning this summer. For more information, please see the June construction notice.
Update June 2017:
Starting in June 2017, a five month project to replace the aging water mains in the downtown area is underway. For more information and for a list of specific sites that are being renewed, please see the following construction notices:
The chosen design for the new downtown bike lane is the product of a multi-stage public engagement process that took place in 2015 and 2016. Included in the project are new security bollards for the Winnipeg Police Service Headquarters. An earlier phase of the downtown bike lanes project—a new bike crossing on Main Street to create a cycling link from Assiniboine Avenue to The Forks—was constructed in 2016.
The Downtown Bike Lane System reflects the long-term policy framework set out in Winnipeg's Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies, which were approved by Council in 2015. These strategies serve as a roadmap for civic investments into infrastructure and active transportation support programs in order to make walking and cycling safer, more convenient, accessible, and attractive to citizens.
Improving the range of travel options available to Winnipeggers, including options that promote active transportation and healthy living, was a key goal of the 2011 Transportation Master Plan.
Three phases of public engagement, beginning in September 2015, preceded selection of the final project design. View materials and reports from the engagement process.