Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path, and Roadway Project

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Introduction

The City of Winnipeg (the City) investigated how best to protect City infrastructure and preserve the south bank of the Assiniboine River on Wellington Crescent between Assiniboine Park and Doncaster Street. Stabilizing the bank is necessary to protect underground utilities and the nearby path and road from further riverbank failure.

Various options to manage riverbank related risks were evaluated to determine the best approach for protecting City assets and amenities.


Background

In the summer of 2016, cracks appeared in the walk bike path along Wellington Crescent near Lamont Boulevard. The City was monitoring the area and found that the cracking was caused by riverbank movement. The riverbank movement continued to worsen, and in July 2017 the riverbank failed. The walk bike path was closed for safety reasons and a temporary gravel detour was built along the north curb of Wellington Crescent. The riverbank monitoring also identified potential risks to the path and street at other locations within the project area.

In September 2018, the City began investigating solutions for the project area. The Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path, and Roadway Project seeks to:

  • Protect the streets, paths, lighting and underground utilities from the impacts of ongoing erosion and movement by stabilizing the riverbank or relocating infrastructure out of high risk zones
  • Preserve the riverbank with erosion protection and stability improvements along the south bank of the Assiniboine River
  • Restore the damaged walk bike path or construct a new paved path in a different location along Wellington Crescent

Introduction

The City of Winnipeg (the City) investigated how best to protect City infrastructure and preserve the south bank of the Assiniboine River on Wellington Crescent between Assiniboine Park and Doncaster Street. Stabilizing the bank is necessary to protect underground utilities and the nearby path and road from further riverbank failure.

Various options to manage riverbank related risks were evaluated to determine the best approach for protecting City assets and amenities.


Background

In the summer of 2016, cracks appeared in the walk bike path along Wellington Crescent near Lamont Boulevard. The City was monitoring the area and found that the cracking was caused by riverbank movement. The riverbank movement continued to worsen, and in July 2017 the riverbank failed. The walk bike path was closed for safety reasons and a temporary gravel detour was built along the north curb of Wellington Crescent. The riverbank monitoring also identified potential risks to the path and street at other locations within the project area.

In September 2018, the City began investigating solutions for the project area. The Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path, and Roadway Project seeks to:

  • Protect the streets, paths, lighting and underground utilities from the impacts of ongoing erosion and movement by stabilizing the riverbank or relocating infrastructure out of high risk zones
  • Preserve the riverbank with erosion protection and stability improvements along the south bank of the Assiniboine River
  • Restore the damaged walk bike path or construct a new paved path in a different location along Wellington Crescent
  • March 31, 2021

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    Phase 1 of the Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path, and Roadway Project is now complete. Over winter 2020/21, the City completed the riverbank stabilization and erosion protection, as well as the underground utility relocations.

    Wellington Crescent will re-open to traffic on April 1, 2021. Pedestrians and cyclists will continue to use a combination of existing and temporary pathways. Please continue to observe detour signage while traveling through the project area.

    Phase 2 works, including road and path construction and final landscaping, is expected to begin in May 2021 once the spring thaw is complete. Road closures and pathway detours will be reinstated at that time to accommodate the work. Phase 2 notices will be delivered to residents before of the start of Phase 2 works.

    Thank you for your continued patience. The project is on schedule to be completed by fall 2021.

  • December 4, 2020

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    Construction will begin December 14, 2020. The work plan is as follows:

    Phase 1 Riverbank Works

    Construction start:

    December 14, 2020

    Construction end:

    April 2021

    Work:

    Site preparation including tree removal works, stabilization of riverbank along Wellington Crescent from Doncaster Street to Assiniboine Park, outfall works at Park Boulevard and Doncaster Street, and underground utility relocations along Wellington Crescent.


    Wellington Crescent will be closed to all traffic during Phase 1. Sidewalks, emergency services access, and access to private approaches will be maintained, as will the east entrance of Assiniboine Park.

    Portions of the existing walking and cycling pathway will be closed as construction progresses. A temporary multi-use pathway will be provided for walking and cycling through the area. Please observe and follow detour signage while walking or cycling through the site.


    Phase 2 Road and Path Relocation Works

    Construction start:

    May 2021

    Construction end:

    October 2021

    Work:

    A second construction notice with details regarding closures and detours will be provided in advance of the start of Phase 2.

  • October 27, 2020

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    The detailed design is now complete. Please visit the Project Design tab to view the detailed design or use the interactive map below.

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    The City plans to award a construction contract in November 2020. Construction will begin with the riverbank work occurring in winter 2020/21, followed by roadway work beginning in spring 2021. Construction is expected to finish by the end of summer 2021.

  • September 10, 2020

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    The public engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project. Please visit the Document Library to view the public engagement summary. Work continues on the detailed design, which will be posted on the project webpage later this year.

    The project team will be seeking approval to consolidate the project budget at the September 16, 2020 Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal & Public Works meeting. The project budget is being shared by the Public Works, Water and Waste, and Property, Planning and Development departments.

  • August 12, 2020

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    The project team is currently considering feedback and conducting further investigations in the project area to help refine the design. Crews will be in the area over the next several weeks inspecting and conducting tests. Test holes will be drilled in order to confirm soil conditions along sections of the riverbank and roadway on Wellington Crescent between Park Boulevard and Doncaster Street. Single lane closures will be required for test hole drilling, so residents may experience temporary traffic disruptions.

    Heritage resource investigations are also underway. A review of background information was complete and research is ongoing. Archaeologists and local historians walked the study area with a representative from the Province’s Heritage Resource Branch. Next steps include a field testing program and a report to summarize the heritage resources findings.

    This work will help the project team prepare the detailed design in fall 2020. The detailed design will be posted on the project webpage later this year and will be used in the construction tender for the project. Construction is expected to begin in early 2021.

  • July 19, 2020

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    Thank you to all who attended a Wellington Crescent Riverbank, Path, and Roadway project meeting or participated in the online survey, Q & A, and quick poll. Feedback was collected from June 2, 2020 to July 19, 2020. Feedback is currently being considered and a public engagement summary will be posted on the project webpage in fall 2020. The public engagement summary will provide an overview of the feedback collected for the project.

  • June 10, 2020

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    Thank you to all who attended the two public community meeting webinars held on June 9, 2020. If you were unable to attend a webinar meeting, we encourage you to view the June 9, 2020 presentation and provide your comments through the online survey, Q & A, and quick poll. The online survey, Q & A, and quick poll will remain open until July 19, 2020.

  • June 2, 2020

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    The City has completed a traffic study to evaluate the feasibility of closing parts of Wellington Crescent to vehicles. The idea of closing parts of Wellington Crescent to vehicles was raised at the stakeholder meeting in spring 2019 as a possible solution warranting further investigation, and discussed at the adjacent property owner meeting.

    Closing parts of Wellington Crescent was investigated because it may eliminate the need to relocate significant sections of Wellington Crescent, reduce riverbank stabilization costs, reduce traffic volumes and noise along the route, reduce tree removal, and provide enhanced cycling and pedestrian opportunities along the riverbank.

    On June 1, 2020, the City hosted a meeting to follow-up with stakeholders and adjacent property owners to share the results of the traffic study. Due to the drawbacks identified in the traffic study, the City will not be pursuing a partial closure to Wellington Crescent or a retaining wall, and has updated the recommended design based on feedback from the spring 2019 meetings. For more information on the updated design, please visit the Project Design tab. To view the June 1, 2020 presentation, please visit the Document Library.

    We are now reaching out to the community and inviting Winnipeggers to:

    The webinar meeting will be held at the following times:

    Date:
    Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    Time:
    1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location:
    Online
    Online


    Please select your preferred time above to register for the webinar meeting. A confirmation email will be sent to you with instructions on how to join upon successful registration. All participants must register before the webinar meeting to attend.

    The survey, Q & A, and quick poll will close July 19, 2020.

  • May 22, 2020

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    The City is wrapping up a traffic study to evaluate the feasibility of closing parts of Wellington Crescent to vehicles. Property owners that are adjacent to the project area were invited to an upcoming meeting to discuss the outcomes of the traffic study. Public engagement opportunities for the community and the general public will begin on June 2. Stay up-to-date by signing up for project updates. We look forward to gathering your feedback in June.

  • October 23, 2019

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    The City has begun a traffic study to evaluate the feasibility of closing parts of Wellington Crescent to vehicles. A partial closure was identified at the stakeholder meeting and discussed at the adjacent property owner meeting in spring 2019. A partial closure may eliminate the need relocate significant sections of Wellington Crescent, reduce riverbank stabilization costs, reduce traffic volumes and noise along the route, reduce tree removal, and provide enhanced cycling and pedestrian opportunities along the riverbank. Impacts to current and future road users, local residents, Assiniboine Park, and other users will need to be evaluated. Additional public engagement opportunities will occur after the traffic study is complete.