Winnipeg city council will have to decide on whether to close parts of two North Kildonan streets to help prevent traffic gridlock when a Wal-Mart opens nearby.

The East Kildonan-Transcona community committee voted unanimously on Tuesday night to close Gateway Road and Raleigh Street at the city limits.

The decision on closing the streets still has to be voted on by council as a whole.

Tuesday's vote comes amid a proposal being considered by officials in East St. Paul, just outside Winnipeg, to build a  big-box shopping complex  which will include a Wal-Mart —​ on the other side of the Perimeter Highway.

Winnipeggers living near the planned development have raised concerns that residential streets in the area will be clogged with traffic if the store opens.


  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a big-box shopping complex outside Winnipeg was approved by officials in East St. Paul. In fact, a decision on the proposal has not yet been issued.
    Feb 19, 2014 5:23 PM CT