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 aimed to bring back the life to Eveline Street while building for our future and is doing just that.
Reconstruction Project Highlights
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
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.
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.
Reconstruction began in 2022 and is being completed in 2023. The work has improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, made the street more accessible and connected it to active transportation pathways and sidewalks that allow for walkers and riders to go from Selkirk Park all the way to Selkirk’s Manitoba Avenue West. The project is a direct result of Selkirk’s Downtown Renewal Strategy that aims to transform the downtown area into a place where people want to be.
Images of the Completed Project
Historic Photos of Eveline Street
In the News
Leading organizations, such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), are recognizing Selkirk’s remarkable efforts in downtown renewal. The award-winning Eveline Street Reconstruction Project and efforts towards a welcoming, safe and accessible downtown have gained national recognition, marking a significant milestone in our city’s development.
“Check out Selkirk Manitoba, a city of just over 10,000 that’s knocking it out of the park when it comes to accessibility and connecting residents with the core.” – FCM CEO Carole Saab on the award-winning Eveline Street Reconstruction Project (tied to Selkirk’s Downtown Revitalization Strategy) during the opening address at the FCM Municipalities 2023 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Toronto last month.