Winnipeg’s mayor is set to make an announcement about major changes to the city’s most famous intersection.

Scott Gillingham will speak to media at 9 a.m. Friday about the future of Portage and Main.

The move is expected to include long-term lane closures, as well as a reconstruction of the membrane that protects the underground pedestrian walkway.

Gillingham will also detail different design options, following public consultations last year. During that process, possibilities including a sky garden and lookout tower, were both discussed.

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Canada’s coldest and windiest intersection, according to a popular local urban myth, Portage and Main has served as an unofficial meeting site for protests, street parties, parades, and other events throughout the city’s history — from key moments in the Winnipeg general strike of 1919 to the Winnipeg Jets’ signing of star centre Dale Hawerchuk in 1981.

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Closed to pedestrians since the development of an underground concourse in the late 1970s, the idea of reopening the intersection has been a pervasive one, with then-mayor Brian Bowman — who had originally campaigned on reopening Portage and Main — issuing a plebiscite on the topic as part of the 2018 civic election.

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The results of that plebiscite showed an almost 65/35 split among Winnipeggers in favour of keeping the intersection dedicated to vehicular traffic, although later reports indicated that the vast majority of those who voted ‘no’ on re-opening Portage and Main were commuters who didn’t live in the immediate area.

Global News will stream Gillingham’s press conference live on this page.

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