“The long-awaited project, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, involves the expansion of Kenaston Boulevard to six lanes, the expansion of the St. James Bridges to eight lanes and the acquisition of all or part of 136 properties, including 30 structures located on Kapyong Barracks”
See Winnipeg takes another step toward Kenaston widening with St. James Bridge replacement study – ManitobaMy, how time flies! It seems like only yesterday I was a boy growing up about a few miles east of this bridge. My main interest in it was that the family travelled over it to get to Assiniboine Park Zoo by car. The construction was one of the first I remember with steel-reinforced concrete beams trucked in to the site. The supports were cast in place.
Now, it’s at EOL (End of Life) but I’m still here dealing with other changes in me, technology and my environment. This project will involve expropriating properties that were developed around WWII. Houses and yards were small. I guess not so many want them any longer. Perhaps this is a better use. I’ve not been aware of the traffic problems, because I almost always avoid rush-hour over that bridge. I know it backs up for a mile or so… but I just sail right through on my own time or use a couple of other routes depending on where I’m going. IKEA and Cabela’s are that way and so are some rural relatives.
It’s interesting that the price-tag of this project is an order of magnitude larger than the original bridge. Inflation and scale, I guess. More stuff. More cost. I wonder if they will get the ramps right this time. Going from Portage East to the bridge was a nightmare. You have to merge with ~60km/h traffic, a buttress obscures the view and you have to have the neck of an owl to look back that far. Another ramp, on the north side of Portage, has a berm obscuring the view… Sigh. I hope they remember the pedestrians and cyclists too.