ITE Manitoba December Luncheon and AGM
December 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm$15 – $26
The December meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 starting at 12:00 PM.
The luncheon will be held at the Winnipeg Winter Club, at 200 River Avenue. Parking is provided south of the building, and is accessible from Harkness Avenue and from Bell Avenue (via Donald Street). The main building entrance is on the south side of the building. Our Meeting will take place in the Riverview Room.
The luncheon will include the Manitoba Section Annual General Meeting as well as a presentation by David Wiebe, P.Eng, PTOE, from Dillon Consulting.
David is a transportation engineer with over 19 years of experience in transportation infrastructure projects including project management, specification, detailed design and contract administration. He also works in the field of transportation planning, having led transportation studies, signalization studies and network planning, demonstrating proficiency in all aspects of transportation operations. He obtained his PTOE designation in 2015. His interest in alternative modes of travel is evident in his experience with transit, active transportation and sustainability guidelines, such as LEED. David was the project manager for the Portage and Main Transportation Study.
David’s presentation will be on the Portage Avenue and Main Street Transportation Study.
The intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street is the literal and symbolic heart of the City of Winnipeg. This is where the residents of the city gather together to celebrate, mark special occasions, and experience their city. The current intersection is used almost exclusively for moving vehicles; and, with the removal of the at-grade crosswalks in the late 1970’s and the installation of concrete barriers, pedestrians have been forced to use underground spaces to move across the intersection. This has been the situation for almost 40 years at one of Canada’s most famous intersections, and will continue, at least for a little while yet, after it was a contentious issue in the 2018 municipal elections and the electorate voted to keep it closed.
One of the sources of information used by the City to investigate opening Portage and Main to pedestrians was a study completed by Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) in 2016 to examine the transportation operations effects of restoring pedestrian crossings to the surface.
Dillon’s approach to the assignment was to create a detailed and accurate transportation microsimulation model of the area surrounding Portage and Main and work with the City of Winnipeg in creating meaningful analyses of all transportation modes if pedestrians are restored to the intersection. VISSIM and VISWALK were employed to accurately model different modes of travel. The model and its outputs gave structure to the conversation around how best to serve the needs of all of the users of the intersection – pedestrians, autos/trucks, and buses. Through an iterative approach, various alternatives were tested and refined, and a preferred approach to modifying the physical layout and controls on the intersection was determined.
The presentation will provide a brief history on why the intersection was closed to pedestrians; the construction of the microsimulation model; measures of effectiveness used to evaluate alternatives; a review of the five alternatives tested with their respective best features and drawbacks; the recommended conceptual design; and, the significant infrastructure challenges and other impacts that must be overcome to open the intersection to pedestrians.
When purchasing tickets online, the price of the luncheon is $26.00 for members and friends and $15.00 for students. Online registration and payment must be completed by 4:00 PM on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
If the online registration deadline is missed and space permits, the cost to pay at the door is $30.
Hope to see you there!
Rebecca Peterniak, M.Sc., P. Eng.
Secretary, ITE Manitoba Section