Winnipeg Route 180

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Route 180 (locally known as McPhillips St.) is a major arterial road/city route in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. It runs from the Perimeter Highway (where it becomes Highway 8) to Route 57 (Notre Dame Avenue).

The route is the highest numbered city route in Winnipeg. It serves as a connector to Highway 8 and Selkirk from downtown Winnipeg via Notre Dame Ave. The speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph) in the suburban area, except approaching the Perimeter where the speed limit becomes 80 km/h (50 mph).

History of McPhillips St.[edit]

George McPhillips (1848–1913) is commemorated by McPhillips Street in Winnipeg. The street was formerly the two mile limit of the Selkirk Settlers' lots, which started at the Red River and extended from it for four miles. The first two miles were reserved for buildings and residential pursuits. Beyond the limit was pasture land. George Jr. came from a family of land surveyors. His father, George Sr., was the first generation of the Irish-Canadian family to perform this work in Western Canada. George Sr. arrived in Manitoba in 1872 and set up a surveying business, joined by George Jr. until 1875 when he and his brothers Robert Charles McPhillips and Francis McPhillips opened an office of their own, McPhillips Brothers. The firm was active during the Winnipeg boom of 1881-82. Another brother, Albert Edward McPhillips was a lawyer in British Columbia and Henry McPhillips was a journalist.

In 1875, George Jr. was authorized by the Winnipeg city council to prepare an official map of the city, the first of its kind in the West. It was a difficult task because the few existing maps of subdivisions had to be revised and brought together. The first of these maps was done in January 1872 and comprised the homestead of James Ross, whose property extended from the Red River west to Princess Street. The width of the homestead was one city block, from James Avenue to Rupert Avenue. In the course of the project, McPhillips surveyed 625 streets, measuring 290 miles. The job gave him such publicity that, in 1883, he was asked by the council of Windsor, Ontario to prepare a map of that city. He later returned to Winnipeg. He died at his home at 168 Kennedy Street on 20 November 1913, and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.[1]

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