WINNIPEG. MAN. — The Manitoba government is researching a redesign of the south Perimeter Highway.
Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen has issued a request for proposals for an engineering consultant to conduct a functional design study to rebuild the stretch of road, which is also known as the Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH).
"Our goal is to increase trade and improve transportation efficiency on this very important, heavily-travelled route," said Pedersen in a press release. "We look forward to hearing from industry experts to see what improvements can be made to handle projected traffic increases over the next several decades."
According to the province, the highway will be redesigned to create a modern freeway similar to the U.S. interstate system where interchanges with overpass structures, ramps or loops and service roads provide highway access. The design will also include plans for a future westerly bypass of St. Norbert, starting at PTH 75 south of the community and running north to PTH 100 at Kenaston Boulevard.
The study will also have to consider bridge improvements, environmental concerns, drainage, construction staging and more.
The province states the study will inform more detailed design work and reconstruction for the highway in the future, preserve the necessary land for the proposed St. Norbert bypass and support local area development and land use planning.
Officials anticipate the study could take roughly two years to complete.