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Road work aimed at alleviating traffic congestion

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Perhaps you have glanced south from Kenaston Boulevard and noticed the construction. Or you may have sat in traffic during rush hour on Waverley Street to South Pointe.  


If so, you have likely come to the realization that changes need to be made to many of the roads located in and around Waverley West.


Michelle Harms, a streets project engineer with the City of Winnipeg, recently provided me with some insight into road development timelines for Waverley West.


"The Kenaston extension project is part of the Waverley West arterial roads project, which includes extending Kenaston (four lanes) from Bishop Grandin Boulevard through to the Perimeter; realigning Waverley (four lanes) to intersect with the new Kenaston; and completing the twinning of Waverley just south of Bison Drive. The intersection of Kenaston and Bishop Grandin is being reconfigured as well, including a fly-over bridge structure to carry southbound Kenaston traffic to eastbound Bishop Grandin," she said.


"All other movements will be controlled with an at-grade, signalized intersection.  Two lanes of Kenaston from North Town Road (within Bridgwater Forest) to Bishop Grandin will be open to traffic this fall.  All four lanes of Kenaston from South Town Road (within Bridgwater Forest) are planned to be open by the end of 2013; and the rest of Kenaston (to the Perimeter), by the end of 2014."  


Unfortunately, Harms was unable to provide any information on the development of Bison Drive.


"Work on Bison Drive (including the intersection with Waverley) is the responsibility of the developer (in this case, Manitoba Housing)."


Harms noted that development of Waverley has commenced and is ongoing.


 "The Waverley twinning started late last summer and will be completed early this summer. The Waverley extension (to Kenaston) will begin construction mid-summer and be completed this year."


The issue of traffic light timing may arise with the increase in traffic along Waverley, Bison and Kenaston.  


"We will be monitoring the affected intersections and will adjust as necessary," Harms said.


Noise is also of concern to area residents, as many properties border the roadways.  


Harms said:  "The project will investigate the impact of the new roadway (with respect to noise) on the existing neighborhood of Whyte Ridge. Any noise attenuation within the new development is the responsibility of the developers. Typically, they are using earth berms."


The site plan of the Waverley West arterial roads project will soon be available on the city’s website.


Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at kristianaka@gmail.com.

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