Originally Posted by 1ajs
newflyerer that creak floods prity good in the sping and would require one hell of a pipe to build at witch the coast would not be worth doing at this point we when have sewerlines colapsing and such witch the city is working on replacing also this would require one hell of a searies of leift stations were better of leaving the creak alone at this point its probly planned to be done in the next 15yrs though
There are many cities with underground drainage lines. One example that comes to mind is Manhattan, which replaced actual rivers with underground lines. Moving the Empress ditch would not be a cutting edge idea. Although it could be allowed to surface again around the Blue Cross building, so it could maintain its natural look south of Portage Ave into the river.
I believe that drainage ditch was built many decades ago as a means to drain farmlands. There were many such "creeks" built in southern Manitoba to improve drainage. Keep in mind there used to be a great deal of marshlands in area, that were drained for farms by settlers and later by urban developers.