Highway Planning and Design
The Branch's objectives are to plan and protect the existing highway system, and to provide for its future needs by comprehensive and integrated consideration of the traffic demand, engineering factors, socio-economic factors and environmental issues.
To meet its goals, the Branch is divided into a number of distinct areas of expertise. Within these areas, services include: undertaking complex highway design projects, providing technical advice and guidance, establishing engineering standards and policies, performing environmental and technical reviews of highway designs, administering highway access controls and providing drafting services.
Provides executive and administrative management to the Branch. The Section meets the needs of its staff by providing them with the resources needed to do their work and direction in the areas human resources and financial management.
Design Practices Section
Provides geometric design guidance and reviews designs prepared in the regional offices for adequacy and compliance with department design standards. In addition, the Section is responsible for developing geometric design standards, practices and guidelines along with investigating new computer application initiatives in the area of highway design for the department.
Functional Design Section
Responsible for the undertaking of design studies involving the more complex and/or specialized highway projects such as multi-lane rural and urban highways, channelized at-grade intersections, and traffic interchanges. The Section also provides technical advice and guidance on geometric design issues and reviews traffic impact studies
Environmental Services Section
Manages the approval process for department projects that require licenses under the Environment Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Fisheries Act. The Section manages environmental initiatives and conducts environmental impact assessments and/or environmental screenings of all projects undertaken by the Department. The Section manages the contaminated sites remediation program for departmentally owned property.
Geographic and Records Management Section
Provides support, guidance and standards to the Regions and Head Office in CAD and GIS. The Section provides records management services for the Branch and maintains the Department’s plan depository for highway engineering drawings, legal plans and highway inventory.
Roadside Development Section
Access Management and Utilities Section
Administers access and development controls established to protect the highway system through The Highway Protection Act and The Highway and Transportation Act. The Section reviews access and development applications adjacent to all provincial highways and, represents the department at Highway Traffic Board/Public Utilities Board hearings.
Land Use and Development Section
Reviews land development proposals adjacent to the provincial highway system and provide recommendations related to their compatibility with current and future highway system requirements. The Section provides basic geometric design criteria and recommended bridge widths for highway design projects to ensure consistent implementation of highway design standards across the province.
Highway Planning and Design Branch
1420 - 215 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3P3
Telephone: (204) 945-3660
Fax: (204) 945-0593
To find an individual staff member in Highway Planning and Design, please visit the Manitoba Government Phone Book website.
- Traffic Impact Study (PDF, 64 KB)
- Highway Locations (PDF, 44 KB)
- Functional Design Study Locations (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Highway Protection Act