Pembina Highway to be closed over Louis Riel weekend near Jubilee; parking on Osborne to be restricted

Residents who complained about slow-moving traffic due to the closure of a major Winnipeg road and a lack of parking restrictions can put the pedal to the metal next weekend.The City of Winnipeg is closing down Pembina Highway between Jubilee Avenue and Stafford Street from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 through 4 a.m. Feb. 19 to install girders for the new Rapid Transitway over the Pembina Bridge.Global NewsHelp us improve GlobalNews.caGlobal NewsTake the survey now!Story continues below

The last time the City shut down the street entirely over a weekend, Osborne neighbourhood residents complained about slow-moving traffic on their street as people tried to detour.“We’ve been exercising patience for far too long now,” stated one driver.“They can’t seem to think three feet in front of themselves when it comes to not putting in so many traffic lights and slowing down traffic. This is the 21st century not the 19th century.”At the time, the City of Winnipeg’s Public Works spokesperson said the City wasn’t considering restricting parking on Osborne Street for the closure.However, they have changed their minds for this one.READ MORE: Traffic frustrations continue in Osborne“To improve traffic flow on Jubilee Avenue and Osborne Street while the closure is in place, parking on eastbound Jubilee Avenue will be restricted between Nassau Street South and Osborne Street, and also restricted on northbound Osborne Street adjacent to the Brandon Avenue intersection,” the City said in a statement sent to media.Pedestrians and cyclists can still go under the bridge on the east sidewalk, and emergency vehicles will be let through.Pembina Highway has been shut down several times during the construction of the second leg of rapid transit.RELATED: Portion of Pembina Highway to be shut down in both directions for 3 days