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Signs of the season are here to stay

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It seems like only yesterday we were struggling to navigate Westwood roads plagued by massive snow piles, blind intersections, bottomless puddles and pesky potholes. Warm weather has brought some relief but it has also brought about the beginning of the infamous Winnipeg ‘construction season.’

Good thing, right? City roads are in dire need of repair.

I’m not sure many of us expected the Portage Avenue bridge over Sturgeon Creek to undergo a major renovation but if replacing the span is a safety measure that will last 75 years, so be it. Call it short-term pain for long-term gain. The undertaking will affect the bike and pedestrian path underneath the bridge too.

Avoid construction stress by being prepared. Giving yourself extra time to get where you are going is a start. Obeying revised speed limits is also key. Yes, for those of us who drive it day in-day out, driving 30 km/h on Portage Avenue is a challenge, but slowing down in construction zones is critical. It allows time to navigate, time to react to other vehicles, construction crews, pedestrians, buses, etc., and to make your way safely.

Another way to avoid construction headaches is to find an alternate route. Word to the wise — carefully consider detours between 8 and 9 a.m. or 3 and 4 p.m. lest you encounter one of many school zones with buses, crosswalks, traffic congestion. You may add to your stress and take even longer to get through, in addition to causing increased safety risks to students. Oh, and you should know that very soon alternate routes may in turn become construction zones.

In the coming months, watch for resurfacing on:

• Allard Avenue between Sumach Street and Bedson Street;
• Allard between Bedson and Twain Drive;
• Sansome Avenue west of Bedson;
• Valley View Place between Hamilton Avenue and Valley View Drive;
• Stillwell Street between Sayer Avenue and Lonsdale Drive.

Repairs are also scheduled for Fairlane Avenue, Heritage Boulevard, Valley View Drive and possibly Isbister Street, not to mention pothole repairs, line painting, street-cleaning, etc.  

The long and the short of it is this — traffic challenges are a certainty this spring and summer. Be patient and remember that we all share the road — take it slow and take care!

Sharon Pfeifer is a community correspondent for Westwood. You can contact her at sdrinteractive@shaw.ca

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