Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway: Disaster by Design

Backgrounder, Municipal Government, Wendell Cox

Executive Summary

  • Winnipeg is the only major urban area in the developed world without freeways.
  • Although they are unpopular with some urban planners, freeways not only reduce congestion and pollution, they make cities more efficient in economic terms.
  • In its current state, Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway is dangerously designed at about 70 points.
  • Bringing it up to freeway standards would entail installing overpasses, underpasses or cloverleafs at several key intersections.
  • The cost of such work would amount to approximately $440 million, a bargain when the benefits are considered.

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