Winnipeg councillor wants Portage and Main open to pedestrians
Coun. Jenny Gerbasi said keeping intersection closed to public keeps people away from area
The City of Winnipeg is looking at opening up the iconic intersection at Portage Avenue and Main Street to pedestrians.
An agreement with property owners at the corner will soon expire, and councillors will have to decide whether or not to let people pass through it on foot.
“I think it is a real barrier to people downtown. It actually separates parts of the downtown,” said Coun. Jenny Gerbasi. “People avoid going there because of the confusion.”
The intersection has been closed to pedestrians for the last 35 years, and Gerbasi said if councillors don’t act soon, it could be closed for another 40 years.
“[People] avoid going there, and it ends up separating say The Forks from the Exchange District,” said Gerbasi.
A city committee will review a report from city engineers on Thursday outlining possible options for pedestrian flow.