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Manitoba to replace 100-year-old Crescent Lake bridge with causeway

Myron Love
Manitoba to replace 100-year-old Crescent Lake bridge with causeway
CITY OF PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE — This rendering depicts what the new Crescent Lake Causeway is anticipated to look like. A 100-year-old bridge currently in place will be replaced in the $7-million project.

The tendering documents are ready and the new Crescent Lake Causeway in Portage La Prairie in south central Manitoba is definitely a go.

The $7-million project is intended to replace a 100-year-old bridge spanning scenic Crescent Lake on the southwest side of the city of about 13,000.

The lake encloses Island Park, a recreation area that includes a multiplex, tennis courts, picnic sites, horse racing track, an 18-hole golf course, outdoor water park, a playground area, bandshell, outdoor walking paths, natural habitat, , arboretum and strawberry farms.

“We considered a number of different options,” says Jocelyn Lequier-Jobin, Portage’s Manager of Engineering. “We consulted extensively with the public and different stakeholders. Based on price and other factors, we determined that a causeway offered the best value and would also be esthetically appealing.”

The plan proposes a three-lane, low level, causeway with three arched culverts, roundabouts at the north and south intersections, and an active transportation pathway.

The design includes provision for passage of snowmobiles, skiers, pedestrians, and portages over the causeway.

The roundabouts have been designed to accommodate truck movements.

Lequier-Jobin reports that the demolition of the bridge is scheduled to begin this summer — with a temporary causeway modified to accommodate two lanes of traffic and a pedestrian walkway. The project will require one year of consolidation and settlement of road sub-grade material before the pavement and curbing can be built. The overall construction duration is estimated to be 1.5 years, with the roadway work being completed in 2020.

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