The Transtec Group Delivers Innovative Pavement Engineering and Life Cycle Advisory for High Priority Winnipeg Transitway

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The Southwest Rapid Transitway is one of the City of Winnipeg’s high priority projects to address projected population growth and will connect downtown with the Southwest sector and the University of Manitoba.

The Transtec Group Delivers Innovative Pavement Engineering for Winnipeg Transitway

The Southwest Rapid Transitway is one of the City of Winnipeg’s high priority projects to address projected population growth.

Our experience with creative thinking in regards to pavement design means we used data to help determine the optimal diamond grinding frequency needed to achieve the desired pavement surface profile to save budget while ensuring safety and longevity.

Austin-based pavement engineering firm The Transtec Group provided pavement design and life cycle advisement to Plenary Roads Winnipeg, the concessionaire for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) project in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The project is a public-private-partnership (P3), and received joint public funding from the P3 Canada Fund, the Province of Manitoba, and the City of Winnipeg.

According to the City of Winnipeg, the Southwest Rapid Transitway has been designated as one of the highest priority projects as part of the Transportation Master Plan to address projected population growth. The completed transitway will connect downtown with the Southwest sector and the University of Manitoba, and will allow city transit to bypass heavy traffic on Pembina Highway.

The Transtec Group served as the pavement life cycle advisor on Stage 2 of the project, which includes a 7.6 km exclusive transitway constructed within dedicated rights of way. The firm has previous expertise with a similar project for the Port Authority of Pittsburgh / Allegheny County, when it delivered an innovative pavement design and rehabilitation plan for the badly damaged Pittsburgh Busway.

Because of the cold climate in Winnipeg, the ground is subject to significant freeze-thaw cycles, causing pavement profile deformation. Transtec provided guidance in the operations and maintenance strategy.

“We had to be very meticulous in our evaluation to ensure the material selection and maintenance plan for the roadway will hold up to the elements,” said Dan Dawood, Director of Business Development & Engineering for The Transtec Group. “Typical assessments may have over-estimated the maintenance needed, leading to higher costs and a less than optimal maintenance and operations strategy. Our experience with creative thinking in regards to pavement design means we used data to help determine the optimal diamond grinding frequency needed to achieve the desired pavement surface profile to save budget while ensuring safety and longevity.”

In addition to design and life cycle costing, the firm analyzed risk and created a 30-year maintenance plan for Plenary Roads Winnipeg that met final handback requirements for a safe, long-lasting transitway. Construction began in late summer 2016, with expected completion in late 2019.

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About The Transtec Group

The Transtec Group is a pavement engineering firm that specializes in pavement design, pavement research, pavement testing, pavement construction support, and the creation of new pavement software and hardware tools. Transtec engineers innovative pavements that reduce cost, accelerate schedules, and protect owners from risk. The firm has completed over 700 projects worth more than $50 billion on five continents and is a minority-owned small business based in Austin, Texas. Last year, Transtec saved clients over $192 million in construction costs.

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