By Brian Schultz
The City of Winnipeg is constructing a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists under the Fort Garry Bridge.
The pathway is upgrading the existing sidewalk and is anticipated to be open in time for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ home game on July 17.
During construction, the sidewalk from the south end of Plaza Drive, under the Fort Garry Bridge, to the north end of D’Arcy Drive will be closed for renovations from Friday, July 4, until Wednesday, July 16.
In the event that the pathway isn’t completed in time, a gravel pathway will open to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists to Investors Group Field. Asphalt installation would then commence the following day.
While the multi-use pathway is being constructed, the preferred route for cyclists on Pembina Highway requiring access to University Crescent or Investors Group Field is the following: take the curb lane (west lane) on southbound Pembina Highway, cross the Pembina Highway/Bishop Grandin Boulevard Bridge, and enter the bus loop on the west side of Pembina Highway opposite University Crescent. Cyclists can then travel from the bus loop across Pembina Highway to University Crescent using the traffic signals. Northbound cyclists leaving the University of Manitoba area or Investors Group Field are advised to travel northbound on University Crescent to northbound Pembina Highway during construction.
Once open, the pathway will more than double in size from 1.5 metres wide to 3.5 metres.