WINNIPEG, MAN. – Winnipeg’s Waverley Underpass is set to open on August 19.
The $155 million project was originally scheduled to open in August 2020, but traffic on Waverley St. is expected to begin operating through the new underpass in the coming weeks. Major roadwork will still be required to remove a detour road and reconstruct a portion of the Taylor Ave. intersection.
“After years and years of talk, I’m happy we were able to finally get the Waverley Underpass built. This incredible project came in ahead of schedule and under budget and will greatly improve the flow of traffic and move people more efficiently in an area of our city that has experienced tremendous growth,” Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman said.
“These vital improvements to Waverley Street will greatly reduce congestion in Winnipeg. Keeping people and goods moving smoothly is essential to helping our businesses compete and improving Canadians’ quality of life. Thanks to this underpass people can spend more time at their destination and less time getting there,” federal minister of international trade diversification Jim Carr added.
In addition to the replacement of an existing at-grade railway crossing with an underpass to eliminate delays for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, the project also includes reconstruction and rehabilitation of Waverley St. and widening of Taylor Avenue between Waverley Street and Lindsay Street to four lanes. Art installation and landscaping will be completed in spring 2020.
The governments of Canada and Manitoba contributed up to $29 million each to the project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.
The City of Winnipeg will cover the remaining $98 million for the project, with CN putting $9.5 million into the city’s share.
Approximately 30,000 vehicles will travel through the underpass daily, a City of Winnipeg release stated. The project involved the excavation of over 100,000 cubic metres of earth, and the construction of over 12 lane-kilometres of new or rehabilitated pavements.