St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation
The St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation Project will breathe new life into the existing bridge over the Red River, and will also improve travel through the area for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.
January 2023 – We are excited to now have a final proposed design for the project. Drawings were issued for tender in December 2022, with plans to start construction in the coming months.
We will soon hold a second meeting with previously identified stakeholders to share the design, construction considerations, and more details on planned active transportation infrastructure.
December 2022 – In Spring 2022, we formed and met with the St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation public art working group to develop a set of recommendations for the future public art component of this project. These meetings resulted in a set of guiding principles and an evaluation matrix of key stories and themes we shared with the Winnipeg Arts Council, who are coordinating the public art project.
The St. Vital Bridge Rehabilitation project will guide rehabilitation of the bridge over the Red River from concept to construction; we are currently in the preliminary design phase.
Scope: The project will include rehabilitation on the bridge structures themselves, as well as improvements to sidewalks, active transportation infrastructure, and the Transit network, and will add 50 years to the lifespan of the bridge.
Project area: Beyond the bridge structure itself, the project area encompasses Osborne Street from Rathgar Avenue to Jubilee Avenue, and Dunkirk Drive from the ramps at Kingston Row to Fermor Avenue.
- Rehabilitation of twin bridge structures including widened bridge decks
- Widened pathways
- Kingston Row off/on-ramp improvements
- Improved active transportation connections
- Improved Transit stops and amenities
- Information about project development and other construction-related topics will be posted on this webpage throughout the project.
- If you have questions or comments regarding the project, please reach out to Meaghan Pauls at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-927-3444 ext. 231.
|Stakeholder presentation - March 2022||2022-03-25||Presentation|
|Public Art Work Group - Public Art Recommendations||2022-09-13||Report|
Frequently Asked Questions
The budget for the St. Vital Bridge rehabilitation project is approximately $49 million. Developing a preliminary cost estimate for construction, also known as a Class 3 estimate, is part of this preliminary design work taking place in 2022.
Preliminary design is the first step in planning any major construction project. It is through this phase of the project that we will develop a draft concept and design for the bridge rehabilitation.
Little known fact: the St. Vital Bridge is actually two bridges! As part of the rehabilitation project, we need to replace the concrete bridge decks, strengthen the steel girders, remediate the foundation, stabilize the riverbank, and widen the decks to accommodate active transportation.
The draft preliminary design includes the following changes, which will be designed for accessibility using Universal Design principles:
- Adding 3.5-metre-wide multi-use pathways leading to the bridge from existing paths and on-street cycling routes
- Integrating a fully accessible connection to the pedestrian tunnels under Osborne Street and Dunkirk Drive
Transit stop improvements include:
- Relocating and consolidating three Transit stops on the access roads to Kingston Row
- Adding three new transit stops at Fermor Avenue and Dunkirk Drive
- Adding a new pedestrian crossing across Dunkirk Drive at Fermor intersection to align with the Transit stop
- Upgrading existing transit stops with amenities like heated shelters
This planned speed limit reduction will help make the roadway safer while minimizing the amount of changes to the roadway geometry. Reducing the speed removes the need for widened lanes, acceleration and deceleration lanes, extra guardrails and roadway signage, and additional bus-bay lanes – all of which improves sightlines for all road users and creates a more comfortable experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
Construction is anticipated to take place in 2023 and 2024.