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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Keewatin Street Underpass (Winnipeg)

Keewatin Street (“Keewatin” a Cree word meaning “north wind”) was established on a Dominion Government road allowance in 1871, preceding a crossing by the Canadian Pacific Railway built here in 1891. Known originally as the “Four Mile Road”, Keewatin first appeared on city plans in 1911.

Delays to vehicular traffic on Keewatin Street between Hekla Avenue and Logan Avenue, caused by train traffic at the former at-grade railway crossing necessitated the construction of an underpass at this location. It required major relocations of utilities and a new flooding pumping station. The roadway was reconstructed as a four-lane arterial street. Construction by the City of Winnipeg was supported by contributions from the federal and provincial governments, and the CPR. It was opened officially, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled, by Mayor Bill Norrie on 18 October 1989.

Keewatin Street Underpass and Plaque (2011)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.92357, W97.19477
denoted by symbol on the map above


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 November 2012

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