Road safety, growth and the future
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This article was published 24/08/2021 (655 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The topic of roads is important as many of our young people head back to school and school zones will come back into effect on Sept. 1.
Equally important is the discussion and confusion over the “new” greenway pilot projects that are creating unexpected 30 km/h speed zones year-round.
While none of these speed zones have been established in Transcona — there is still a push for it. I want to be clear that I’m not supportive of this piecemeal approach of trying to get to 30 km/h speed zones through the back door. I would accept change if this became a province-wide mandate and one that included driver education to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Until this happens, I feel we are making our streets less safe and creating more confusion for everyone who shares the roadways in our communities.
Now onto growth of our community, one that encompasses Transcona from Route 165 on the south side to Springfield Road on the north side, Lagimodière to the west and basically the Perimeter Highway to the east. It is a big space.
As Transcona West (lands in the Peguis area) and Transcona East (lands off Ravenhurst and Redonda streets) fill up over the next few years, new growth areas will be looked at.
Two that will soon be coming up for public engagement will be in the Dawson Trail area near Southland Park, as well as in south Transcona between Plessis and Murdock roads.
Change is always a challenge of balancing what was and what might be. The best thing community members can do is come to the engagement sessions and hear first-hand what concepts are being planned, share local perspectives, concerns and gain a better perspective of the undertakings being proposed.
Then there is the more formal process of public hearings should concerns not be addressed to your satisfaction. It may seem daunting but these official settings are a great way to express your opinions to the most appropriate audience and in a constructive way.
OurWinnipeg, which is the city’s approved plan for growth, identified specifically that the hamlet area lands of South Transcona are vitally important to develop as part of future growth. I did vote against the plan but not for this specific reason.
I believe it can be done collaboratively and in a win-win fashion for the future of our community if we work together with a relatively open mind to what new growth can bring in way of new services and infrastructure.
As always, I’m proud to represent Transcona at City Hall, and I hope you will find my articles informative.
I currently have a Facebook page, Instagram account and website at www.shawnnason.ca to regularly inform our community on items of importance.
Should you want to discuss this or other items of concern please contact my office by calling 204-986-8087 or emaiing email@example.com
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Shawn Nason is the city councillor for Transcona ward.