Winnipeggers can now get a glimpse of what a widened Route 90 and new St. James bridge might look like.
The City of Winnipeg has posted functional design drawings to its website showing the proposed alignment for the bridge, which will include the construction of a new southbound bridge and the incorporation of the existing bridges.
On Tuesday, the city held a meeting with about 50 residents living immediately adjacent to Route 90, some of whom may be required to sell their properties or have them expropriated.
Reaction to the design was mixed, said Vaibhav Banthia, bridge projects engineer with the city’s public works department.
“Generally in terms of the design people were happy with the configuration, but obviously when people’s homes are affected there is always anxiety and a little bit of anger with the design,” he said.
The design incorporates the existing southbound bridge, which will serve as a ramp connecting traffic from Portage Avenue.
A new southbound bridge for through traffic will be built between the existing southbound and northbound bridges. A new ramp will be built connecting Academy Road to the northbound bridge, which will undergo rehabilitation.
Route 90 will be widened to three lanes in both directions between Taylor Avenue and Ness Avenue.
The design is still a work in progress, which is why the city is holding consultations with the public, Banthia said. The city plans to hold six invitation-only meetings with other residents within 500 metres of the project, as well as two pop-up events for the public at large.
It also has an online survey to gather feedback from the public.