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Construction on a new service road linking Waverley Street and Brady Road is under way and will be named after a man killed in a collision in the area last year.
A dirt road in the area will be replaced with pavement able to withstand high traffic volume, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced Wednesday at the location.
"You can see the amount of trucks over my shoulder that keep coming and going, you can see the amount of traffic that this intersection takes, you can see how much traffic is currently on the Perimeter Highway — I think it’s fair to say it’s long overdue that we deal with this intersection," he said.
The road, expected to be completed by November, has been named Ethan Boyer Way, after the 19 year old who was killed in a collision on the Perimeter Highway at Brady Road in October. His family has since advocated for safer controls in the area, and attended Wednesday’s announcement.
"We wish this construction announcement had been 10 years earlier, that Ethan and so many others would still be with us here today," Sue Zuk-Boyer, Ethan’s mother, said.
The province is currently undertaking a $19-million, three-year south Perimeter Highway safety program launched in October 2018 aimed at improving 24 intersections and constructing service roads
A design study is also being conducted to improve the south Perimeter to freeway standard. Schuler said Tuesday the study will begin looking at unsafe crossings.
The south Perimeter near the Brady Road landfill has been the location of at least four fatal collisions since 2011. An estimated 1,600 vehicles use the south Perimeter Highway intersection to access the landfill daily.
After Boyer’s death, some called for the province to close the access point from the Perimeter Highway to the landfill, including a petition that gathered more than 1,000 signatures.
In November 2019, several smaller changes were put into place in the area, including the reduction of the speed limit between Provincial Road 330 and Kenaston Boulevard to 80 km/h from 100 km/h, the creation of a deceleration zone near the Brady Road turnoff and removing left-hand turns westbound from Brady on to the Perimeter. Boyer’s family called the changes "a good start" at the time.
Malak Abas is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Updated on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:21 PM CDT: Finished, updated story
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