Headingley residents and others regularly travelling in the area should be aware of two upcoming projects.
The first is a closure of the Trans-Canada Highway on Aug. 18 from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. so the CP rail tracks crossing the highway on the west side of Headingley can be replaced.
Ron Weatherburn, executive director of construction and maintenance with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, said a Sunday was intentionally selected for the work to be done.
"Because of the large traffic volume on Number 1, we want to pick a time when the volume is lower," he said.
Electronic signs and transportation staff will direct westbound traffic leaving Winnipeg onto the Perimeter Highway, then onto Hwy. 2 to PTH 13 at Elm Creek, where traffic will then drive north to connect with the Trans-Canada near Oakville. This route will also be used for traffic heading east.
Eastbound truck traffic will begin a detour at PR 424 (White Plains Road) to 427 (Wilkes Avenue) then back to the west Perimeter Highway, with westbound truck traffic following the reverse route.
Traffic entering the Trans-Canada between the west Perimeter and the junction with PTH 13 will take a detour route through Headingley.
Weatherburn recommends checking the Manitoba road and travellers information site at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/roadinfo for the detour routes.
Starting two-year project
Signs are up along the Trans-Canada Highway near the Cover-All Husky intersection through to the John Blumberg Sports Complex intersection advising drivers that a two-year highway construction project is beginning.
During the first year, westbound lanes will be constructed along this section. Westbound traffic will be moved to the existing eastbound lanes.
The Cameron Street intersection will be temporarily closed as a result. The Cover-All/Husky and Inglenook Road intersections will remain open.
Weatherburn said the work includes building a service road, with a new lighted intersection added. When completed, the service road will allow access to businesses located along this section of highway.
A median, similar to what was put in further west, will also be built.
"We’re adding onto what we’ve already done," he said.
On July 22, Derek Bossuyt, 21, of Winnipeg was killed soon after he turned out of the John Blumberg Sports Complex to drive east, when a westbound semi-trailer crossed the centre line into Bossuyt’s lane.
The driver was charged with dangerous driving resulting in death.
Although planning and budgeting for the median construction began years ago, Weatherburn said safety is a prime concern. During highway construction, the area will have signage, marker posts, and, at times, flag people to slow and direct traffic, and the regular 70-km/hr speed limit will be reduced.
Weatherburn said the contracting company isn’t likely to be able to work through the winter, so the completion date can’t be exactly identified.