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Delivery of CentrePort Canada Way


In October 2008, Manitoba passed the CentrePort Canada Act to establish CentrePort Canada as Manitoba’s inland port in northwest Winnipeg and the Rural Municipality of Rosser to attract and coordinate business investment. In April 2009, Manitoba and Canada announced a cost share agreement totalling $212M to fund the construction of CentrePort Canada Way (CCW), which is intended to be the road transportation backbone of the 20,000-acre CentrePort Canada development zone. The concept for CCW called for a four lane expressway approximately 10km long between Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway and Brookside Boulevard including a major interchange and two rail grade separations on a route which had never been considered before. This is a greenfield project with all proposed roadways being new construction on new location. Construction was mandated to begin in 2010 with a 2013 completion date. This paper tracks the extraordinary measures Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) undertook to meet the fast track schedule and the required construction innovations. Significant aspects include: • Accelerated conceptual, functional and detailed design with associated coordination challenges. • Concurrent development of MIT’s first ever design-build process. • Design and construction of MIT’s first mechanically stabilized earth walls. • Design and construction of the largest overpass structures in the province. • Design and construction of the largest box culverts in the province. • Challenges in construction staging and traffic operations. • Innovations in pavement rebar design and construction. • Innovations in accelerated consolidation of embankments.

Conference Paper Details

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Eric Christiansen
Ruth Eden
Don McRitchie
Archie Miller
Construction, Maintenance and operations