WINNIPEG — Days of waiting for a train at Waverley and Taylor are numbered after city council approved the $155M project on Wednesday.
The underpass in south Winnipeg will alleviate train delays at the intersection, which sees approximately 30,000 vehicles daily. A similar underpass west of the intersection has eliminated train delays at Kenaston Boulevard and Taylor Avenue.
Between 35 and 40 trains move through the intersection daily.
Canadian National has signed a 10-year deal for the manufacturing of one million train wheels with Amsted Rail. The wheels will be made at Griffin Wheel Company’s Winnipeg plant for use at CN’s Transcona mechanical facility.
Griffin Wheel is one of Amsted Rail’s five wheel manufacturing plants in North America and the only one in Canada.
“CN has a long and successful partnership with Amsted Rail and its Griffin Wheel Company facility in Winnipeg,” said Gerry Weber, vice-president supply, fleet and fuel management of CN.
It’s a chance for hockey fans to see former players from the Montreal Canadiens while also helping to raise funds for a worthy cause.
The upcoming CN Canadiens Alumni Challenge is being held in Winnipeg for the first time on Saturday, November 7. For locals, the charity game will feature Mike Keane, former captain of the Manitoba Moose. The opposing lineup will include former Canadiens Steve Shutt, Stephane Richer and Chris Nilan.
“This event is our largest fundraising activity of the year and we’re happy we can drop the puck at the MTS Iceplex to support the great work these charities are doing,” said Olivier Chouc, CN vice president, law, and chairman of the board of the community fund.
It’s a rite of passage being a motorist in Winnipeg — sitting in traffic waiting for the “Waverley train” to pass.
Now, all three levels of government have come together to alleviate the time spent sitting at flashing red signal lights.
The federal and provincial governments are contributing up to $91.8 million to build the Waverley underpass at the CN mainline located at the corner of Waverley Street and Taylor Avenue in the city’s booming south end.