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Moving on Marion Street

The City of Winnipeg is planning to undertake a new transportation study that will identify potential cost-effective improvements to safety, transportation, access, and community development and livablity on Marion Street from Lagimodiere Boulevard to St. Mary's Road.

Marion Street is designated as a community mixed use corridor, as it serves as a main street for adjacent neighbourhoods, and supports a mix of uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment with direct transit service.

In 2014, the City undertook a Marion Grade Separation and Widening Study. The goal of the study was to improve traffic flow and capacity for motor vehicles from the east limit of Marion Street to Goulet Street. When the study concluded in 2016, five options were explored. The design presented to residents (Option 2) included significant roadway alignment changes, including an interchange and grade separation of the CPR Emerson line at Archibald Street and Marion Street intersection, among other changes. The project did not move forward due to excessive cost, scale, and intrusiveness of the project in the community. Throughout the study, we also heard that its focus was too narrow to discuss some of the broader traffic issues in the neighbourhood.

Council subsequently directed the Public Service to find cost-effective ways to improve safety, traffic flow, and livability in the area that do not include road widening or an interchange – focuses that were not part of the original study.

To achieve these objectives, the project scope has been expanded to encompass three interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The new project – Moving on Marion Street – will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes to another to ensure safety, appropriate use, and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.

Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals developed with the community. Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study’s objectives. We are looking to you to help us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the study. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

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Updates

November 2019 - Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 888-2019 Professional Consulting Services for the Marion Street Corridor Improvements Study will begin the next phase of the study. The study will continue to seek public input through a secondary RFP NO. 887-2019 for Public Engagement Services for the Marion Street Corridor Improvements Study. The RFP for public engagement will be issued after the study RFP is awarded.

A public engagement summary and public engagement report of feedback received in 2019 and how it was considered in the development of both RFP's is now available under the documents tab.

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Engage

Results from the 2019 engagement program confirmed the direction of the upcoming study and helped identify areas where improvements are needed/could be most impactful:

  • Improved infrastructure for active transportation including bike lanes and streetscaping elements
  • Preservation of the Happyland Park property and minimal impact in the vicinity of the Marion and Archibald Intersection
  • Current and future traffic conditions around the proposed redevelopment of the former Canada Packers Lands
  • Signal timing optimization and geometric review of roads for improvements to safety and traffic flow
  • The Public Service will engage with CP Rail about trains crossing Marion east of Archibald to determine if there are opportunities to lessen the impact of train delays on road users

Further analysis of public feedback is available with a public engagement summary and public engagement report now available under the documents tab.

The next phase of study is expected to begin in early 2020 and will continue to integrate opportunities for public feedback to be received and used in the development of study solutions.

How the project team considered engagement results in the development of the project RFP are outlined below:

What We Heard How It Was Considered
Traffic delays within the corridor was the top project priority, chosen by 71 percent of online respondents.

The previous project focused on reducing delay to motorists through upgrades to Marion without considering other modes of transportation, which did not present an optimal solution to all Winnipegers.

This project will investigate how traffic delays can be reduced, and will balance this against other needs, including improving safety, accessibility, and operations.

The intersection at Marion Street and Archibald Street was the major hotspot for vehicle issues.

The RFP NO. 888-2019 is instructing bidders (consultants) to study all modes as a means of improving safety, accessibility, and operations. Pedestrians and cyclists are important modes for study in this project.

The road design component of the work will identify functional geometric design alternatives (changes to the design of the intersections and road segments) to improve safety for all users. This includes looking at features such as turn lanes at intersections at Marion and Archibald.

As the rail crossing is a key public concern, the consultant and the City will work with the railroad companies in the study area during this project.

Throughout the corridor reducing accidents was the second priority (chosen by 49 percent or online respondents) followed by pedestrian safety (48 percent ) and cycling facilities (47 percent ).

The RFP NO. 888-2019 instructs bidders to study all modes as a means of improving safety, accessibility, and operations.

Pedestrians and cyclists are important modes for study in this project.

The street design will support an environment that prioritizes pedestrians while also acknowledging that the corridor is both a neighbourhood main street and a corridor for moving traffic.

The road design component of the work will identify functional geometric design alternatives (changes to the design of the intersections and road segments) to improve safety for all users.

Happyland Park was the top "key destination" noted in the online survey. An idea to plant more greenery by the pool's edge to act as a buffer was the top rated comment on the online survey with 23 votes in support and 0 votes against. The park was identified as important in two area stakeholder conversations. The RFP NO. 888-2019 instructs bidders to take into consideration preservation of the Happyland Park property, and also to minimize the impact of functional design options developed in the vicinity of the Marion and Archibald Intersection. It is also instructing the bidder to hold discussions with civic departments and the City’s project manager to coordinate any modifications to the park prior to finalizing options to ensure any potential impact is indeed minimal.
Interest and concern over the former Canada Packer Lands. Residents in the area noted at the in-person session their desire for residential use and concern over the safety of industrial use. Area businesses questioned how area roads could handle any influx of vehicle volumes.

A separate planning process is underway for the Public Markets Major Redevelopment Site through which land use aspects (residential, commercial, industrial) will be considered.

This specific site will be considered within the traffic operations analysis by the successful proponent. Traffic growth will have to be carefully studied; small changes to the network or changes to signal timing may accommodate some growth in the short term, and capacity will need to be increased to accommodate long term growth.

If you any questions, please call 204-986-4243 or email marion@winnipeg.ca.

Transitioning into the new study

In 2019, the public and stakeholders provided feedback before the new study begins to ensure the scope and scale are consistent with community needs. In June 2019, 108 people joined the project team at a listening and mapping session at Archwood Community Club and 384 participants complete the online survey and mapping tool.

In 2017, the City asked members of the public and stakeholders for help reopening the conversation on Marion Street to plan public engagement in ways that were most relevant to the community. Feedback was gathered through an online survey and stakeholder interviews.

  • Online survey:  Launched on March 2, 2017, it remained open until March 24, 2017. A total of 404 surveys were submitted to the City.
  • Stakeholder interviews: Interviews were conducted by telephone from March 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017. A total of 29 telephone interviews were conducted with stakeholders.

A full report and summary are available on the documents tab.

Moving on Marion Street’s public engagement components will be carried out in accordance with the feedback provided in 2017.

What We Heard How It Is Being Addressed
Time constraints and schedule conflicts were given as the main reasons for not participating in-person. Members of the project team are proactively contacting stakeholders along the Marion Street corridor to talk one-on-one about their concerns. In addition to an in-person listening and mapping session, we will be accepting public feedback through an online survey and mapping tool, available until June 30, 2019.
There is a preference for more online engagement opportunities. An online survey and mapping tool will be available until June 30, 2019.
Notification of the study and public engagement opportunities was alleged to be inadequate. We are confirming preferred methods of notification.

Notification methods used include a postcard mailed to property owners in the surrounding area, in-person delivery of a newsletter to the Marion corridor, updates in the Office of Public Engagement’s newsletter, one-on-one phone interviews with stakeholders and email to those who participated in the previous transportation study and indicated they wanted to receive updates (300+ emails).

Some respondents indicated the public engagement process – which included the Council direction to study grade separation and widening on Marion, was not meaningful because decisions were already made before involving the public, while other respondents indicated the public engagement was meaningful and felt they had an opportunity to influence decisions. Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals that have been developed with the community. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new transportation study, and will help determine further public engagement opportunities prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.
Some respondents indicated that the previous transportation study's scope was too narrow to discuss some of the broader traffic issues in the neighbourhood. The project scope has been expanded to encompass three interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The project will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes to another to ensure safety, appropriate use, and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.
Respondents indicated that more information about other potential future projects in the area needs to be available, while others indicated the information available was sufficient and met their needs.
  • Transportation Master Plan (starting 2019)
  • Norwood Grove BIZ completed a Master Plan Visioning report (2018)
  • Winnipeg Transit Master Plan (in progress)
  • Public Market Lands – Major Redevelopment Site
  • OurWinnipeg & Complete Communities (in progress)
  • Regional street works : Archibald Street from St. Catherine Street to Cottonwood, Marion Street intersection omitted (2019)
  • Regional street works: Des Meurons Street from Goulet Street to Marion Street (projected 2022)
  • Regional street works: Goulet Street from Braemar Avenue to Youville Street (projected 2022)

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Background

In 2011, the Transportation Master Plan recommended that a functional design study be conducted to review the alignment for a widening and grade separation of Marion Street.

On July 18, 2012 Council adopted the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works’ recommendation to direct the Public Service to engage a consultant for the purposes of conducting a Marion Street Widening/Grade Separation and Improvements Functional Design.

In 2013, Council approved funding for, and directed the Public Service to conduct a functional design study to investigate the widening and grade separation of Marion Street. The goal of the Marion Street Widening and Grade Separation project was to improve traffic flow and capacity for motor vehicles from the east limit of Marion Street to Goulet Street.

In 2014, the functional study started.

On March 25, 2015 Council adopted the Executive Policy Committee’s recommendation to include the project as part of the list of priorities for the federal government’s Building Canada Fund.

In 2016, the functional study concluded and five options were explored. The designpresented to residents (Option 2) included significant roadway alignment changes, including an interchange and grade separation of the CPR Emerson line at Archibald Street and Marion Street intersection, among other changes.  The estimated project cost was $566 million (Class 4 estimate, -30% to +60%). The City’s portion of the costs would have been $278 million, assuming funding from the federal government through the Building Canada Fund.  

Although the changes met many of the project goals of improving traffic flow and safety, the project did not move forward due to excessive cost, scale, and intrusiveness of the project in the community. Rather, the Public Service recommended that an additional study be undertaken to identify alternatives that were more affordable, had a lesser impact on property acquisition, and fit within the existing Council-approved debt strategy that did not include grade separation or widening. Council approved this recommendation.

In 2017, the City initiated the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study to explore different transportation options in the study area that did not include a grade separation or widening. During engagement planning, residents told us that notifications for engagement opportunities was a top concern. The City recognized the need to engage members of the public and stakeholders, and asked them for help reopening the conversation on Marion Street to plan public engagement in ways that were most relevant to the community. A report and summary of the public engagement planning activities is available online.

Subsequently, In November 2016, Council directed the Public Service to find cost-effective ways to address transportation deficiencies along Marion including improvements to the accommodation of pedestrian and cyclists as well as improvements to safety and traffic operation at key intersections; while minimizing land requirements –  focuses that were not part of the original study. 

To achieve these objectives, the project scope has been expanded to encompass interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The new project – Moving on Marion Street – will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary’s Road, which is primarily residential. 

The City’s Transportation Master Plan (2011) discusses how a street (or portions of a street) can become a Complete Street. Pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists need to be able to safely move along and across a complete street, regardless of age or ability. Complete Streets can also reduce dependence on automobiles and enhance economic and urban development opportunities.

In 2018, the Norwood Grove BIZ completed a Master Plan Visioning report which included the Marion Street corridor between St. Mary’s and Archibald. In addition to fostering a unique community identity it includes three overall design objectives – improving accessibility and crossings; addressing inclusivity (physical and cultural); and, focusing on all modes of travel (pedestrian, cycling and vehicular).

The project will also encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area, but includes a designated Major Redevelopment Area on the south side of Marion Street.  Commonly known as the Public Markets Land, nearly 200 acres of former heavy industrial land will be coming on line through a local area planning process beginning shortly. This process will help shape the future land use mix and transportation patterns for the area.

Implementing any change within one area requires an understanding of impacts further along the corridor and to adjacent neighbourhoods.

The input from the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study’s engagement planning process informed the development of the public engagement plan for Moving on Marion Street, and as such, the City will ensure public engagement is carried out in accordance with the feedback previously provided in 2017.

Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals developed with the community. Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study’s objectives. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are improvements needed on Marion Street and surrounding area?

The Marion Street area experiences local, commuter, and truck traffic, as well as regular railway use. Delays are common at the Archibald Street intersection, the nearby railway crossing, and Lagimodière Boulevard. Traffic travelling from new and growing communities, both in and around eastern Winnipeg (e.g., West Transcona, Sage Creek), will continue to increase traffic congestion in the area. New and expanding development, including the Public Market Lands, Warman Road Lands, and St. Boniface Industrial Park, will add to local truck traffic and potentially railway use. Other considerations in this growing area include the increasing need for safe and accessible active transportation routes (walking and cycling) and improved transit service.

Increased residential and industrial development places significant strain on area roads and infrastructure that were not designed to accommodate the high traffic volumes and varying types of traffic experienced in recent years. In 2011, Council approved the Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan, which identifies improvements along the Marion Street-Dugald Road Connection as a short-term major road network improvement.

When will the new study take place?

Moving on Marion Street will be guided by goals that have been developed with the community. Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study’s objectives. We are looking to you to help us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the study. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

Didn't you do this study already – why is the City undertaking another study?

The City has studied this general area before, but not through this lens. We heard that the previous study's focus was too narrow to discuss some of the broader transportation issues in the neighbourhood.

Council directed the Public Service to find cost-effective ways to address transportation deficiencies along Marion including improvements to the accommodation of pedestrian and cyclists as well as improvements to safety and traffic operation at key intersections; while minimizing land requirements – focuses that were not part of the original study.

To achieve these objectives, the project scope has been expanded to encompass interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The project will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes to another to ensure safety, appropriate use, and traffic flow in the neighbourhood.

Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study's objectives. We are looking to you to help us determine areas for improvement and what should be included in the study. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

Why has the project scope changed? Why are we looking at an expanded area?

The project scope has been expanded to encompass interrelated areas within the neighbourhood, each with unique uses and needs. The project will encompass the area around and adjacent to Archibald Street-Lagimodiere Boulevard, which is primarily an industrial area; the area west from Archibald Street to the onset of the Marion Street-Goulet Street couplet, which is mixed-use; and west from the couplet to St. Mary's Road, which is primarily residential. Implementing any change within one area requires changes an understanding of impacts further along the corridor and to adjacent neighbourhoods.

What about the past study's recommendations? Is any of that on the table?

While a grade separation and realignment are not feasible solutions at this time, we are further examining intersection improvements suggested in the previous study, and are looking to the public to confirm transportation concerns.

Is a grade separation still an option to alleviate traffic concerns along Marion Street?

No. Due to both affordability and project risk, the Public Service did not recommend moving forward with grade separation or widening.

What might be considered to improve traffic flow in the area?

Lower cost alternatives may include a range of roadway treatments to improve traffic flow in the area and enhance active transportation, and more modest intersection improvements. Moving on Marion Street will not include grade separation or widening.

Before we begin the new study, we want to hear from you to help refine the study's objectives. The input received through this engagement process will set the foundation for the new study prior to issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated in fall 2019.

Will there be any property acquisitions or impacts on Happyland Park?

Exact property impacts are not yet known. More affordable, smaller scale options without a grade separation or widening will now be investigated. These options would reduce the land requirements of the project and impact on the surrounding community. The Public Service is committed to proactively maintaining open lines of communication with any potentially affected land owners through the process from now until completion.

How are you considering public feedback received from prior Marion Street studies?

In 2017, the City initiated the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study to explore different transportation options in the study area that did not include a grade separation or widening.

During engagement planning, residents told us that notifications for engagement opportunities was a top concern.

The City recognized the need to engage members of the public and stakeholders, and asked them for help reopening the conversation on Marion Street to plan public engagement for a future study in ways that were most relevant to the community. A report and summary of the public engagement planning activities is available online.

The input from the Marion Dugald Transportation Improvement Study’s engagement planning process informed the development of the public engagement plan for Moving on Marion Street, and as such, the City will ensure public engagement is carried out in accordance with the feedback previously provided in 2017.

How do I get involved?

The project team will be meeting directly with various stakeholder groups to discuss the project and receive input. Winnipeggers will have the opportunity to provide feedback though an online survey and mapping tool. Visit the engage tab to review current opportunities to provide feedback. A public engagement report will be issued in summer 2019 outlining what was heard and how it will be incorporated into the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Moving on Marion Street study. Sign up under the updates tab to receive emails at key project milestones.

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Last update: November 6, 2019