Below are some of the Transportation Planning Studies that the Branch has managed.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation and the City of Brandon engaged the consulting consortium of ND Lea (now MMM Group)/Dillon Consulting to undertake the Brandon Area Road Network Development Study.
The study was directed by a Steering Committee made up of Provincial and City representatives and examined transportation requirements for the City of Brandon as well as for Provincial Highways within the City and in a surrounding 60 km area, and provided recommendations on transportation needs for the next 20 years.
The study made recommendations for route classification and future infrastructure investment that would result in an efficient, economical, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable road network in the Brandon region and included a series of public and stakeholder consultations and workshops.
In March 2002, the provincial government announced new transportation strategies to promote economic development and to address the unique transportation needs of several Northern Manitoba.
The strategies are the result of public consultations held in Pikwitonei, Thicket Portage, Shamattawa, York Landing, Ilford and Pukatawagan in 2001 as part of the province's Northern Development Strategy. These consultations looked at affordable options for improving access to northern and remote communities not accessible by all-weather roads.
The short-term strategies reflect the individual transportation needs of each community and included upgrading existing winter and forestry roads, exploring enhanced rail and ferry services, constructing new roads and building permanent bridges at key river crossings. A major recommendation resulting from the consultations was to realign some winter roads in preparation for future all-weather road construction.
The study covered an area that extended from the vicinity of Manigotagan in the south to Oxford House in the north and from Lake Winnipeg in the west to the Ontario border, which embraced the communities of Bloodvein, Berens River, Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, St. Theresa Point, Waasagomach, Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake, Norway House, Cross Lake, Oxford House, Gods River and Gods Lake Narrows.
Under the study, two all-weather road route scenarios with different points of origin were evaluated. Under one scenario, all the east side communities would be connected from the south via Manigotagan. Under the other scenario, the northern communities would be connected from the west via Norway House/Cross Lake with a separate connection from Manigotagan serving only the southern communities.
The study showed that east side of Lake Winnipeg all weather road development can be economically justified with all weather road development broadly supported by several First Nation communities and other interested stakeholders.
Based on the study results and its ongoing commitment to develop an all weather road system, the Province, through the Manitoba East Side Road Authority has commenced the undertaking of an east side of Lake Winnipeg Large Area Transportation Network Study to provide improved, safe and more reliable transportation service between all of the communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and the rest of Manitoba (see “Current Transportation Planning Studies - East Side of Lake Winnipeg Large Area Transportation Network Study” for more details).