Highway 6 Twinning and Roundabout

Project Background

PTH 6 in the vicinity of Winnipeg also accommodates higher volumes of commuter and local traffic. Congestion during morning and afternoon peak traffic is becoming an issue. In addition, safety and other traffic operational issues are affecting mobility on this section of PTH 6. The goal of this project is to improve safety, reduce congestion and eliminate traffic operational issues.

Scope of Proposed Work

The project is comprised of the following components:

  • Reconstruction of the existing PTH 6 lanes and the construction of two additional lanes on PTH 6 from PTH 101 to 1.4km North of PTH 101.
  • Intersection improvements at PTH 6 & Provincial Road (PR) 236 with new multi-lane roundabout.
  • New right turn cut-offs on and off PTH 101 and PTH 6 and replacement of Traffic Signals at PTH 101.
  • Intersection improvements at PTH 101 and Paterson Road to match PTH 6 additional lanes.

Proposed plan of the project (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Why a Roundabout at PR 236?

  • A roundabout has several advantages over a conventional intersection. Not only does a roundabout provide improved safety and traffic flow, it also costs less than traffic signals to maintain, and is friendlier to the environment.
  • The PTH 6 and PR 236 intersection will be a two lane roundabout, accommodating agricultural equipment and long combination vehicles more efficiently and safely.
  • Roundabouts have been shown to reduce fatal collisions as much as 89 per cent and injuries as much as 76 per cent. This is due to the slower speeds and reduced number of conflict points.
  • When a vehicle only has to yield at the entry instead of stopping and waiting for a green light, delays are reduced.
  • When many vehicles are making a left turn, a roundabout moves traffic more efficiently and more safely than a multi-phased traffic signal. No unnecessary waiting is involved.
  • Reducing traffic delays enables us to idle vehicles less, consume less fuel, and puts fewer pollutants into the air.
  • Traffic signals are expensive to maintain and replace. Costs to maintain signals for an intersection for one year amount to approximately $3,500. Electricity costs are reduced with a savings of approximately $600 per year per intersection.

Schedule and Traffic Impact

Construction is anticipated to start summer 2022 and be completed by 2023.  Both PTH 6 and PTH 101 will remain open to traffic for the duration of the project with intermittent lane closures.  Traffic delays may occur on PTH 6, PTH 101 in the vicinity of PTH 6, PR 236, and Paterson Road.

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