Perimeter Highway (Winnipeg)

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Portage Ave interchange

Provincial Trunk Highways (PTH) 100 and 101 (locally known as the Perimeter Highway) form a beltway around Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Perimeter is approximately 90 km (56 mi) long. It is an alternate route around Winnipeg for through traffic, as there are no freeways through the city.

History[edit]

The highway was originally built in 1955, following the cancellation of a freeway system to accommodate traffic around Winnipeg to avoid the city centre rush hour traffic. The northeast section was left unbuilt at the time, as PTH 59 had received significant upgrades, making the need for a northeast section less pressing. PTH 59 continued to serve as the de facto northeast leg of the Perimeter until the mid-1990s, when the remaining segments of the highway were completed. The highway now encircles Winnipeg.

Most of the Perimeter is a four-lane divided expressway, with interchanges and at-grade intersections. The only section that remain two-lane is in the vicinity of the PTH 59N interchange.

PTH 101

The southern segment of the Perimeter Highway is part of the Trans-Canada Highway, and is designated as Highway 100. The northern segment is a provincial highway designated as PTH 101.

The Perimeter Highway bridge across the Red River and roadway at Pembina Highway was constructed in 1958. The job was tendered to Peter Leitch Construction Ltd. at a cost of $188,670. In December 1957, Dominion Bridge was awarded the contract ($80,157) to supply the structural steel for the overpass.[1]

Exit list[edit]

km # Destinations Notes
0 1 PTH 1 (TCH) / Route 135 west (Fermor Avenue) – Steinbach, Falcon Lake, Kenora Signed as exits 1A (west) and 1B (east)

The Perimeter Highway designation is Hwy 100 south of here and Hwy 101 north of here.

2.0 Murdock Road At-grade
3.6 Symington Road At-grade
5.2 Plessis Road At-grade
6.8 8 PTH 59 / Route 20 north (Lagimodiere Boulevard) – St. Pierre-Jolys, St. Malo Signed as exit 8
7.9 Melnick Road (north) / Budd Road (south) At-grade
8.0 Canadian Pacific Railway Level crossing
8.1 Aimes Road (north) / Sumka Road (south) At-grade
8.8 PR 300 south / Route 150 north (St. Anne's Road) At-grade / Traffic Signals
12.4 PR 200 south / Route 52 north (St. Mary's Road) – St. Adolphe, Dominion City, Emerson At-grade / Traffic Signals
15.9 18 PTH 75 south / Route 42 north (Pembina Highway) – Morris, Emerson Signed as exits 18A (north) and 18B (south)
16.2 Canadian National Railway Level crossing
17.2 Route 80 north (Waverley Street) At-grade / Traffic Signals
20.2 Brady Road At-grade
21.4 PR 330 south – La Salle, Morris At-grade
21.9 Canadian Pacific Railway Level crossing
23.1 Municipal Road 9E At-grade
24.7 Municipal Road 8E At-grade
26.4 Municipal Road 7E At-grade
26.8 PTH 2 west – Treherne, Glenboro, Souris At-grade
28.0 PTH 3 west / Route 155 east (McGillivray Boulevard) – Carman, Morden, Killarney At-grade / Traffic Signals
29.8 Oakland Road At-grade
30.2 Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) Level crossing
30.7 La Verendrye Road At-grade
35.3 PR 427 west / Route 145 east (Wilkes Avenue)
36.1 At-grade
37.2 Caron Road (west) No access when traveling northbound (clockwise) At-grade
38.1 40 PR 241 west / Route 105 east (Roblin Boulevard) – Headingley Signed as exit 40 clockwise

Signed as exits 40A (east) and 40B (west) counterclockwise

38.6 Assiniboine River
39.3 Augier Ave (east) No access when traveling southbound (counter-clockwise)

Oak Forest Cres (west) No access when traveling northbound (clockwise)

At-grade
40.0 42 PTH 1 (TCH) / Route 85 east (Portage Avenue) – Portage La Prairie, Brandon Signed as exits 42A (east) and 42B (west)

The Perimeter Highway designation is Hwy 100 south of here and Hwy 101 north of here.

40.7 Assiniboia Downs (west) Maybe no access when traveling northbound (clockwise) At-grade
42 PR 425 (Saskatchewan Avenue) At-grade / Traffic Signals
42 Canadian Pacific Railway Level crossing
43.1 Paddock Road At-grade
44.0 Boychuk Road At-grade
45.6 Selkirk Avenue, Township Road 63 At-grade
47.3 Township Road 64 At-grade
48.5 PR 221 west / Route 25 east (Inkster Boulevard) – Rosser
51.2 At-grade
51.3 Canadian National Railway Level crossing
52.1 PTH 6 north (Paterson Drive) – Grand Rapids, Thompson At-grade / Traffic Signals
52.9 Summit Road At-grade
54.6 Sturgeon Road At-grade
56.2 Klimpke Road At-grade
57.9 PTH 7 north / Route 90 south (Brookside Boulevard) – Stonewall
59.5 King Edward Street At-grade
59.8 Canadian Pacific Railway Level crossing
62.8 PR 409 north (Pipeline Road) At-grade / Traffic Signals
65.5 Second Street (south) / Holmes Road (north)
66.8 69 PTH 8 north / Route 180 south (McPhillips Street) – Gimli Signed as exits 69A (south) and 69B (north)
69.0 Canadian Pacific Railway Level crossing
69.6 71 PTH 9 north / Route 52 south (Main Street) – Selkirk, Winnipeg Beach Signed as exits 71A (south) and 71B (north)
70.3 Red River
70.7 72 PR 204 north / Route 42 south (Henderson Highway) – Lockport Signed as exit 72
72.5 Raleigh St (south) No access when traveling westbound (counter clockwise) / Sperring Ave (north) No access when traveling eastbound (clockwise) At-grade
73.8 PTH 59 / Route 20 south (Lagimodiere Boulevard) – Grand Beach At-grade / Traffic signals
76.2 Wenzel Street At-grade
77.0 Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) Level crossing
80.2 Gunn Road At-grade
83.5 Canadian Pacific Railway Level crossing
83.6 PTH 15 east / Route 115 west (Dugald Road) – Dugald At-grade / Traffic Signals
85.3 St. Boniface Road At-grade
87.0 Niakwa Road At-grade
87.2 Great Winnipeg Water District Railway (GWWDRR) Level crossing
88.6 Navin Road At-grade
89.5 1 PTH 1 (TCH) / Route 135 west (Fermor Avenue) – Steinbach, Falcon Lake, Kenora The Perimeter Highway designation is Hwy 100 south of here and Hwy 101 north of here.

Inner city beltway, the second half of the Perimeter plan[edit]

This roadway is what was to be part of a two ring road system, with the outer Perimeter Highway, and an inner ring. The inner ring was initially tabled in the 1960s and was slow to progress.

The inner ring, also sometimes referred to as the inner city beltway, was to be (Route 17) the Chief Peguis Trail to the north, heading west to Route 96 (the Moray Bridge), circling to Route 165 (Bishop Grandin Blvd), and from there to a point near Northern Blower on Route 37 (Regent). Several years ago a group working with a councellor, worked to stop the loop from going into the Transcona area, and had the roadway's land designated a natural prairie grass park. From this point on Regent, the road was supposed to loop north back to Route 17 (Chief Peguis). The current plan has had to move the eastern portion to Plessis Road. Plessis Road is not as suited to the required connection and space for intersections, but is the only remaining viable option.

While construction of the east–west Bishop Grandin portion was done years ago, the northern portions have remained unlinked, with only the short portion between Route 52 (Main Street) and Lagimodiere. This has provided an effective link over the Red River, but the short span of road leaves much of the north part of the city with difficult navigation choices on an east–west basis, often pushing major cross town traffic to use residential roads and regional arteries like Inkster, MacIvor and Springfield Roads.

The city of Winnipeg completed the extension of Route 17 (Chief Peguis Trail) to Lagimodiere Blvd in [2] December 2011. This brings the inner ring road one step further to completion.

The absence of a link between the intersection of Route 52 (Main) and Route 17 (Chief Peguis) toward Route 90 (Brookside) makes east-west travel difficult, and is an important link for the north part of town to significant areas like the Airport and Red River Community College, as well as the future CentrePort (an inland port).

The land for these links is owned by the city and simply awaits the laying of roadway. These type of major traffic arteries are designed to carry crosstown traffic efficiently with fewer environmentally damaging starts and stops. Further these roadways are designed to move traffic away from direct contact with residential streets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giant Overpass, Bridge For City Perimeter Route". The Winnipeg Tribune. January 30, 1958. 
  2. ^ "Chief Peguis Trail extension opens". CBC News. December 2, 2011. 
Preceded by
MB Highway 1
Trans-Canada Highway
MB Highway 100
Succeeded by
MB Highway 1