Transcona Councillor Russ Wyatt is angry with the city for closing down two lanes of the Nairn Avenue overpass.
Wyatt said the city should have done more planning before shutting the lanes down, which will be under repair until November.
"If it was affecting Lindenwoods and Tuxedo there would have been a mitigation plan in place, there would have been proper detours in place, there would have been communications in place,” said Wyatt. “But it's because it's in Northeast Winnipeg and affecting Elmwood and Transcona, the public service is just ... they shrug their shoulders and say ‘ah, they can deal with it.'"
'The public works department has a monopoly on all the roads in the city,” he said. “Just because you have a monopoly doesn't mean you should have the right to act like a bully' - Coun. Russ Wyatt
The Nairn Avenue overpass is the main thoroughfare into Elmwood and Transcona. It is also where Jim Frederickson's busy car dealership is located.
"We have another shop down the road here, and sometimes it takes me longer to drive than it does to walk,” said Frederickson, who added he didn't know the Nairn Ave. overpass was going to be repaired until just a few days ago.
Wyatt said the way to ease traffic in the area is to divert it down an old roadbed adjacent to Nairn and across to Mission Street a couple blocks away.
There hasn’t been any work done on the old road since a major reconstruction of the bridge deck in 1985.
"The public works department has a monopoly on all the roads in the city,” he said. “Just because you have a monopoly doesn't mean you should have the right to act like a bully."
As the traffic increases around Frederickson's dealership, he said he would take any idea Wyatt can come up with that would alleviate the congestion.
"We're stuck with what we got right now, so if there is any way to get those roads opened up or whatever, you got my vote for it."
Wyatt plans to bring the detour idea to his colleagues on council on Wednesday.