TRUCK ROUTES IN WINNIPEG
The intent of the truck route system in the City of Winnipeg is to restrict, where practical, the movement of trucks (with six or more tires) to arterial streets, those streets that are wider and have thicker/stronger pavement.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is concerned that designated truck routes in the city can be discontinued based on political criteria as opposed to sound, objective, community-based criteria.
The Chamber believes the current network of designated truck routes should be maintained and that stakeholders and bureaucrats should develop future planning of truck routes in the City of Winnipeg in partnership.
The City of Winnipeg should develop and maintain a transportation system that benefits business and has minimal impact on residential and commercial areas. There is a need to ensure seamless integration into the provincial highway system.
The City of Winnipeg in partnership with the business community has actively sought to promote itself as a major transportation hub within North America. It is essential that the City of Winnipeg supports, maintains, enhances and develops the existing and future infrastructure needs to maintain our position as a major transportation hub.
The Chamber believes there is a need to put in place clear criteria in regards to truck routes within the City of Winnipeg in an effort to reduce conflicts between residents and the trucking industry.
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Recommendations:
- Encourage the City of Winnipeg to develop a transparent truck route policy as part of a long-term economic development strategy.
- Implement a clear, formalized and balanced truck route policy that includes mechanisms for designating and discontinuing truck routes and reflects input from various stakeholders.
- Be more transparent in ensuring stakeholders are given acceptable notification by the City when issues surrounding the establishment or changes to the current truck route system are discussed.
Adopted by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce board of directors, January 2005