Manitoba

City changes plans on unpopular East Kildonan road project

Shoppers in East Kildonan won't have to go out of their way to access a neighbourhood strip mall now that the city has revised road work plans that would have forced customers to take an inconvenient detour.

Median planned for Grassie Bouelvard would have cut off eastbound access to strip mall

City crews work away on a stretch of road on Grassie Boulevard near the Perimeter Highway. (CBC)

Shoppers in East Kildonan won't have to go out of their way to access a neighbourhood strip mall now that the city has revised road work plans that would have forced customers to take an inconvenient detour.

Earlier this week, business owners at a strip mall on Grassie Boulevard were worried a road construction project was going to cut into their bottom line.

The city started work on a median on Grassie that would have pushed eastbound drivers to go across Lagimodiere Boulevard, make a U-turn and cross Lagimodiere once again before taking Grassie westbound into the mall parking lot.

The owner of a Robin's Donuts franchise, as well as the owner of Marvin's Food Store at the mall, said they were going to have to lay off employees because sales were suffering and expected to get worse, all because of the median.

After a little push back, Elmwood-East Kildonan Coun. Jason Schreyer said the median will now be modified to allow eastbound traffic to turn off Grassie and enter the parking lot during off-peak hours.
Business owners at a strip mall say road work on Grassie Boulevard is killing sales and may force some of them to lay off employees. (CBC)

Residents won't have to wait long for the change either, Schreyer said.

"I just talked with Lester Dean, acting head of public works, and he told me they will put that cut in the [median] next week," Schreyer said.

Coun. Russ Wyatt and Coun. Jeff Browaty were also consulted, Schreyer said, adding the city will consider removing the restriction during peak hours if it is deemed safe to do so.

With files from Leif Larsen

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