Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway: Disaster by Design

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, […]
Published on September 17, 2006

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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