The bridge’s east sidewalk has been closed to accommodate a temporarily rerouted sewer pipe for almost two years now. In addition to fixing the pipe, the city plans to retrofit the 55-year-old bridge.
In the coming months, the city will release a request for proposal, which will include further details about the retrofit and garner stakeholder engagement. The KCRA hopes that when the $46 million project begins, the city will consider their suggestions.
The Osborne, Disraeli, and Provencher bridge upgrades all included public art installations. The KCRA would like the same for the St. Vital Bridge, with the selection juried by the Winnipeg Arts Council.
The KCRA was established a couple of years ago to represent residents of Kingston Crescent, Kingston Row, Oakcrest Place, Norfolk Avenue, and Dunkirk Place. They’ve already succeeded in securing funding for 80 new trees and two interpretive panels in Kingston Park.
The panels will detail the history of the flood of 1950 and the death of a young volunteer fighting the flood, Lawson Ogg. They’re set to be unveiled in September with the hope of adding more panels over time. The KCRA envisions a historic walking tour along Kingston Crescent where people crossing over from the Bridge Drive-In can learn about their community.
City Councillors Sherri Rollins and Brian Mayes responded to the KCRA’s letter with strong support for the art project, and the Director of Public Works responded to let them know about the upcoming request for proposal.