East Side Transportation Initiative

Rank 2024


Image Credit: Winnipeg Free Press

Industry Sector: Transportation

Project Type: Highway

Project Value: $1.125 billion

Funding Source: Public

Provincial Funding: $1.125 billion

Province: Manitoba

City / Region: Eastern Manitoba

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2019

This all-season road on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is a multi-year, multibillion-dollar project. In 2000, the communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg delivered a report with recommendations on where government should focus their long-range planning activities, including increased economic development opportunities and improvements to the transportation network. Construction has been guided through the East Side Transportation Initiative, launched following the East Side Large Area Transportation Network Study undertaken by SNC-Lavalin/AECOM. It is a strategic initiative to provide improved, safe, and more reliable transportation service to remote and isolated communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. The final report of the Large Area Transportation Network Study was completed in June 2011 and recommended an all-season road network for the region that is estimated at 1,028 kilometres in length costing $3 billion.

The all-weather road linking Berens River and Bloodvein First Nation to the provincial highway network was completed in December of 2017. Among the work in the planning stages is the all-season road linking Manto Sipi Cree Nation, Bunibonibee Cree Nation and God’s Lake First Nation.

Project Owner: Province of Manitoba

Engineer: SNC-Lavalin; AECOM; Dillon Consulting; Associated Engineering (design engineer)

Environmental Services: Tetra Tech

Architect Names: Dillon Consulting (compliance architect); KGS Group (compliance architect)

2019 Rank: 53

2018 Rank: 50

2017 Rank: 44

2016 Rank: 45

2015 Rank: 46

2014 Rank: 11