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February 18, 2020

The February meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenters were Keenan Patmore, M.Sc., P.Eng., and Karen Toews, CET from Manitoba Infrastructure.

Keenan is a Traffic Support Engineer with Manitoba Infrastructure responsible for work on a wide variety of transportation planning and engineering projects. Past work experience has included project work in conceptual design, road safety, active transportation, rural and urban traffic flow analysis, and traffic and travel monitoring. One of his core responsibilities with Manitoba Infrastructure over the past few years has been evaluating and reporting on posted speed limit reviews. This included authoring the new Guide for Setting Posted Speed Limits on Manitoba Roadways, completing technical analysis and reporting in response to speed limit change requests, and meeting with municipal councils and CAO’s to discuss the speed limit review process and recommendations.

Karen is the Manager of Roadside Development for Manitoba Infrastructure. The Roadside Development section is responsible for administering access and development permits adjacent to all provincial highways. They also review land development proposals adjacent to the provincial highway system and provide recommendations related to their compatibility with current and future highway system requirements.

Their presentation will be on changes to speed limit setting and the access permit process regulated by the Traffic and Transportation Modernization Act.

The Act came into effect in spring 2019 and makes significant changes to how traffic and transportation are regulated in Manitoba. Key changes include:

  • Eliminating the Highway Traffic Board and modifying the process to request a speed limit change on a provincial highway.
  • Allowing municipalities and local traffic authorities to set speed limits on municipal roads in their communities.
  • Modifying the permit application process for access roads, signs, and structures.

The presentation provided an overview of these changes and a detailed explanation about the new process.

February 2020 luncheon with Keenan Patmore, M.Sc., P.Eng., and Karen Towes, CET of Manitoba Infrastructure

January 21, 2020

The January meeting of the ITE Manitoba Section was held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

The presenter was Constantina Douvris, CSLA, from HTFC Planning & Design.

Constantina is a Senior Associate with HTFC Planning & Design with over 20 years of experience. Her involvement from concept to construction on a broad array of projects has provided a firm foundation to conceive and implement grounded, buildable ideas. Having worked collaboratively with a number of communities and interest groups over her career, Constantina’s work celebrates the cultural and natural attributes of places, and has spawned numerous long-term strategies for successful developments.  

Recently, Constantina has served as Project Landscape Architect on a number of notable large-scale design projects including the series of HTFC projects for the City of Kenora to reimagine their downtown and waterfront, unique urban design projects at the University of Winnipeg’s downtown campus, Churchill’s downtown revitalization plans, street projects for commercial subdivisions, and the multi-award winning Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park.  

Constantina’s presentation will be on the Kenora Downtown Revitalization Project.

At a time of mill closures and general uncertainty in the lumber industry throughout Northwest Ontario, the City of Kenora took extreme measures to re-invent itself, starting with its downtown.  Instead of a patchwork of improvements to the status quo, the City took a fresh look at their downtown and its future to support possible economic drivers. Kenora’s population swells dramatically every summer with tourists and cottagers, so it made sense to create a place that locals and visitors alike would want to spend time in and linger. To support this goal, they went beyond replacement of aging infrastructure and looked closely at what is happening above grade. Their Complete Streets approach focused on vehicular, pedestrian and boating circulation as part of their revitalization plans, and weaves in culture, heritage, wayfinding, green infrastructure, art, and some bold engineering. This multi-phase project offers a number ofpractical lessons on how infrastructure renewal and economic development can be effectively married to placemaking.

January 2020 Luncheon with Constantina Douvris, CSLA of HTFC Planning & Design

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