A safe, accessible, forward-thinking downtown
Eveline will be downtown

Eveline Street is one of Selkirk’s most historic streets. At the turn of the century the street was part rail line connecting Selkirk’s wharf and business district with Winnipeg. It was a vibrant street at the heart of our community. This reconstruction project aims to bring back the life to Eveline Street while building for our future.

Reconstruction Project Highlights

The City of Selkirk, using its Capital Asset Management Program, has identified Eveline Street between Eaton Avenue and Queen Avenue as being in poor condition and requiring a full reconstruction. In addition to the condition of the road, the street does not meet modern standards for accessibility, lighting, public safety, and other urban design best practices.

 

This project will enhance the experience, safety and accessibility of Eveline from the Selkirk Bridge all the way to Selkirk Park. That’s seven city blocks of road and boulevard work and is Selkirk’s largest street reconstruction project in decades. The City has recently completed the public engagement and design process.

Accessibility and Design

There will be numerous features that make the street safer for pedestrians, including pedestrian peninsulas at intersections giving motorists a heads up that a crosswalk is ahead and reduces the distance walkers have to travel to get from one side of the street to the other. This is especially beneficial for folks with mobility issues or aides and those pushing strollers or walking with young ones. Sidewalks will be built up to most businesses eliminating large steps.

A forward-thinking downtown

An out-of-town visitor, a young person choosing a place to live, an entrepreneur opening a new business, each one of these people is looking for a place to fall in love with. A redefined Eveline Street can be a beautiful public place that inspires us, connects us, invites us to linger, to shop, to visit, and to live. As a great urban street, it can offer a joyful experience that invites people to fall in love with Selkirk and its historic downtown. Investing in great places for people is an investment in the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the community, and it defines the kind of city that will be passed on to the next generations.

Brent Bellamy, business columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press

Active transportation pathways

Developing a safe and effective AT network that moves citizens around the city creating a connected community within the boundaries of Selkirk.

This new pathway will help support the reduction of community Green House Gas emissions by giving people the option to leave their car at home and opt for a more active and environmentally friendly choice such as walking, biking, roller skating and more.

Safer roadways

Traffic Circle, for a Safer Intersection

By adding a traffic circle at the intersection of Eveline and Queen, it will reduce speeds at the intersection. Traffic delays will be reduced due to an ongoing flow of traffic, and the circle can reduce the number and severity of traffic accidents. 

Pedestrian crossings become safer when only having to check one lane of traffic at a time and having shorter distances to cross. The meridians at the crossings make this possible. 

On top of being safer and keeping traffic flowing the new traffic circle will serve as a feature piece with plants growing in its centre.

Modern safety standards

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is the national standard of roadway design.  When designing roads, modern engineering standards and best practice HAVE to be followed. What some call curb extensions/bump outs/pedestrian peninsulas are a modern standard that are being implemented across Canada in new road construction.

They are used strictly for safety and comfort of pedestrians and engineers have determined that they work both in people safe as well as with vehicles of all sizes. As with any change, they take time to get used to and will become the new normal.

How they work:

  • The distance to cross the road is shorter – especially important for people with mobility aids, strollers, small children or just walking slower.
  • Pedestrians are more visible to oncoming traffic.
  • They naturally calm driving speeds.

Any questions or comments regarding modern design practices, accessibility, and why it’s important for us to keep our community safe can be directed to www.myselkirk.ca/citizensupport

More info on TAC: https://www.tac-atc.ca/

A green urban canopy

The city will spend $800,000 out of a Canada/Manitoba Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) grant for street trees. The street trees planted along Eveline will benefit from innovative soil systems the city is putting in place to facilitate healthy tree growth.

Selkirk’s Street Tree Policy is extraordinary and provides inspiration for everyone. Its emphasis is not only on tree species diversity to combat climate change but also includes the creation of more naturalized settings in place of traditional turfgrass. Selkirk is the only city in Manitoba and one of just 130 cities around the world awarded platinum-level ISO certification from the World Council on City Data, a global leader on standardized data that helps create sustainable, resilient and prosperous communities.

Colleen Zacharias- Winnipeg Free Press May 2022

Reconstruction of one of Selkirk’s historic roadways will begin this spring when a well-travelled portion of Eveline Street is redone. The work will improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, make the street more accessible and connect it to active transportation pathways and sidewalks that allow for walkers and riders to go from Selkirk Park all the way to Selkirk’s West Manitoba Avenue. The project aligns with Selkirk’s Downtown Renewal Strategy that aims to transform the downtown area into a place where people want to be.

Renderings of the Completed Project

Eveline Street looking North
Eveline Street at Eaton looking North
Eveline at Clandeboye looking South
Eveline Street looking South
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We have been waiting to see changes to Manitoba Avenue East, Eveline and the Waterfront for 25 years and are so glad it’s happening now. The area is perfect for walking and the change is long overdue. This area is meant to be pedestrian friendly and accessible.” - Lorraine Benjamin, long time Eveline Street property owner and resident.

Lorraine Benjamin, long time Eveline Street property owner and resident.

Historic Photos of Eveline Street

Eveline Street - 1910
Eveline Street - Winnipeg to Selkirk Barrowclough 1906
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Looking for more on historic Eveline? Check out the Selkirk Museum