Stretch of Winnipeg’s Disraeli Freeway to become honorary ‘Bachman-Turner Overdrive’

Winnipeg motorists may soon be able to drive a few blocks on Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

City council’s property committee voted Tuesday to instruct city staff to assign an honorary name to the southernmost portion of Disraeli Freeway, running off Main Street.

The renaming is “in honour of Randy Bachman’s contributions to the music industry, putting Winnipeg on the map during his continuing career,” according to a motion from Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie.

Bachman–Turner Overdrive was founded in Winnipeg in 1973 by brothers Randy, Robbie and Tim Bachman, along with Fred Turner, in 1973. The band, inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014, was responsible for hits such as Takin’ Care of Business and You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.

The honorary name could be in place this fall, said Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), the property committee chair.

“We’re taking care of business,” Rollins quipped.

A council vote is required before the naming because Disraeli is a regional street. The honorary name can be in place for five years.

West K library revitalization now on city’s books

Upgrades to Winnipeg’s West Kildonan library inched a little closer on Tuesday.

City council’s property committee voted unanimously to endorse a $10.7-million plan to upgrade and expand the 57-year-old library on Jefferson Avenue — albeit only when money becomes available for the work.

In 2022, city council cancelled a plan to demolish the modernist library and move its shelves into a rented space at Garden City Shopping Centre.

A subsequent city study presented three options to modernize the library, ranging from $6.3 million to $10.7 million. 

Based on feedback from West Kildonan and Garden City residents, council’s property committee endorsed a $10.7-million plan which would move the library’s children’s area to the facility’s main floor and create new tutorial rooms, a meeting room and an outdoor reading garden.

The expansion would now be added to a list of unfunded city projects awaiting provincial financing.