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Roadway renewal and upgrades on Fort Garry campus: Traffic restrictions and transit changes

UPDATED Sept. 1.

To repair and upgrade roads, and to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, a number of ongoing roadway construction projects are currently underway around the Fort Garry campus. Commutes will likely be slightly delayed as this important work is completed. Delays could be 7 to 15 minutes during peak periods.

The current project has been underway since May, and is expected to continue until mid-October.

Dafoe Road in front of Active Living Centre will be closed for construction work until mid-October. The Active Living Centre can be accessed from East Dafoe Rd. via Freedman Crescent and Maclean Crescent.

The service disruptions page will also be updated as work on the intersection unfolds.

Traffic restrictions on University Crescent and Dafoe Rd. are listed below. Transit changes follow. Also see map; click to enlarge.

  • Right Turn Only from eastbound (inbound) Dafoe Rd. W. onto University Crescent.
  • No Access to Dafoe Rd. from inbound University Crescent.
  • Access the Active Living Centre via Freedman to MacLean Crescent, and east Dafoe Rd.
  • No Access to University Crescent from westbound Dafoe Rd. Use MacLean Crescent.
  • No drop-off or pick-up at the Administration Building. N Lot Permits Only.
  • No U Turns permitted at Chancellor Matheson Drive.


Transit Impacts

  • All buses rerouted down Freedman Cres. to MacLean Cres.
  • Agriculture Stops on Dafoe Rd. temporarily cancelled.
  • Temporary westbound bus stop to be installed on Freedman Cres. at King’s Drive.
  • Westbound Dafoe Rd. W. stop at University Cres. temporarily cancelled. Use stop at RH Way.

Plan ahead, leave early, and carpool or take transit when you can.

Map of Fort Garry campus road construction, Sept. 1, 2019

Map of Fort Garry campus road construction, Sept. 1, 2019



Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. There will be 6 phases (Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 is underway) to the intersection and traffic flows at University Cres. will continue to be impacted. 

We will continue to update the service disruptions page as the work on the intersection unfolds.



Aug. 1, 2019:

Upgrades to make Fort Garry campus more inviting

Construction is underway on University Cres. between Chancellor Matheson Rd. and Dafoe Rd.

Delays can be expected, including periodic impacts to pedestrian and cycling access. Watch for signage and obey all temporary crossings and closures.

Landscape upgrades along University Crescent will include new seating and drop-off area by the Active Living Centre, median plantings, and pedestrian and cycling improvements.

Next up will be the raised pedestrian crossings on Dafoe Rd., reconstruction of Freedman Cres. between Service St. 7S to the bus-staging area (Wpg Transit), and finally upgrades to make our Fort Garry campus greener and more inviting, with a new multi-use path along Saunderson Street and Dysart Road.

See below for construction details, complete timeline and overview.

The Fort Garry road renewal program started in 2018 and will span approximately five years. 2018 work included reconstruction of Freedman Crescent beginning east of King’s Drive to Saunderson Street at Dysart Road, just east of the Faculty of Law’s Robson Hall.

2019 Road Construction, updated map.

Click on map to enlarge.


What to know:

  • Access to parking lots, buildings, intersections and lanes may be periodically disrupted, but overall access will be maintained throughout construction. 
  • Traffic flow impacted between 7AM and 7PM, with some lane closures. Occasional delays should be anticipated.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be slightly impacted throughout construction.
  • Impacts to Event Day traffic will be minimized as much as possible.
  • Barricades and safety signage to be clearly posted to safely direct pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles as required.
  • Caution should be taken at all times during construction. Your patience and cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety is appreciated.



ZONE 1: Saunderson Street/Dysart Road and Freedman Crescent

  • A – Saunderson/Dysart, north side: east of Robson Hall to Parking Lot B.
    • August 6 – August 9
    • One lane only, flaggers to safely direct traffic.
  • B – Saunderson Street, south side, east of bus-staging area to Parking Lot B.
    • July 9 – August 6
    • Saunderson closed in this area (see map).
    • Parking Lot B access via Service Street 7.
  • C – Freedman Crescent, from King’s Drive to Service Street 7.
    • August 12 – August 16
    • One lane only, flaggers to safely direct traffic.

ZONE 2 : University Crescent, Chancellor Matheson to Dafoe Rd., including Dafoe intersection.

  • July 15 – mid-October
  • Sequenced for one-way traffic accessibility; expect delays.
  • Landscape improvements along University Crescent.

ZONE 3 : Dafoe Road: New, raised pedestrian crossings.

  • Early to mid-August – approx. 1 week
  • One lane only, flaggers to safely direct traffic.

ZONE 4 : Freedman Crescent reconstruction from Service Street 7 to Saunderson

  • Early August – Approx. 6 weeks.
  • Freedman Cres. closed in area.
  • Parking Lot B access via Service Street 7.

ZONE 5 : Bank Stabilization and Multi-Use Path along Saunderson/Dysart Rd.

  • August 5 – October 1
  • Work adjacent to road includes grading, native revegetation, construction of multi-use path, and bank stabilization

Please plan accordingly for delays and closures. Barricades and safety signage will be clearly posted to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as required.

Caution should be taken at all times during construction. Your patience and cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety is appreciated.


To stay informed about traffic impacts for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, visit the service disruption webpage.

For any questions, contact Vanessa Jukes, MALA, CSLA, PMP, project manager, Architectural & Engineering Services, Physical Plant, at Vanessa [dot] Jukes [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

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