As you may have noticed around the city — and particularly in River Heights-Fort Garry — it’s construction season. On schedule and on budget, the construction of the Waverley Underpass project has shifted into high gear.
The $155-million, multi-faceted project, which includes the replacement of the existing at-grade railway crossing at Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue with an underpass, the twinning of Taylor from Waverley to Lindsay Street, and associated intersection upgrades, have been underway since January.
On May 5, I was honoured to attend the official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the second stage of construction. Along with Mayor Brian Bowman, MP Jim Carr (Winnipeg South Centre) and MLA Eileen Clarke (Agassiz) we celebrated the progress we’ve made and look ahead to the positive impacts of this record investment in our ward.
The next phase of the Waverley Underpass is the construction of road and rail detours, intersection improvements at Grant and Waverley, and Wilkes and Waverley, and the rehabilitation of Waverley between Mathers and Grant.
The detour road minimizes disruption to the adjoining neighbourhood and businesses while construction continues on the underpass. It further ensures that a majority of traffic can continue to flow through the intersection, which is necessary as both the Pembina and Kenaston underpasses could not manage the additional load if the intersection was closed.
By this fall, the road and rail detours should be completed and open to traffic. To meet this deadline, temporary lane and sidewalk closures will be required in various locations on Taylor Avenue, Waverley Street and Hurst Way.
To ensure you’re aware of how these closures may affect your commute, be sure to review the latest construction update at: http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/construction/pdf/waverleyUnderpass/Construction-Update-02-Spring2017.pdf.
This is an exciting time for our ward with record investments into roads, land drainage and transit however with so many monumental projects happening around us, communication about how any work may affect how you and your families move around the community is key. When my office receives any pertinent information, we diligently share it with you in a number of ways, including through my website (orlikow.ca) and Facebook page.
However, the best way to stay connected is through our Neighbourhood Updates, custom emails with tailored information to your specific community. If you’re not receiving these e-bulletins, go to orlikow.ca and sign up today.
I’m excited to see the Waverley Underpass project take strides to towards completion in 2020 and this and other projects continue to transform our neighbourhood in the process.