Manitoba reminding motorists to drive to conditions and remain alert for snowplows

Highway Driving Safety During Winter Conditions: Schuler

November 10, 2021, 11:08 am


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With forecasts for potential heavy snow across areas of the province, motorists are reminded to adjust driving habits for winter road conditions and to remain alert when following or approaching oncoming highway snowplows, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Keeping Manitobans safe on our highways, especially during winter conditions, has always been our government’s priority,” said Schuler. “Winter driving in Manitoba can be challenging but the province’s snow removal crews are ready and equipped to clear our highways, and we urge motorists to practice safe driving measures to ensure every trip is a return trip.”

All snow-clearing equipment has flashing blue warning lights and drivers should stay well back of all equipment, noted Schuler. Motorists should not attempt to pass a snowplow anytime it is in operation and should slow down when passing approaching snowplows.

Manitoba Infrastructure is responsible for maintaining the 19,000 km highway system to provide safe and timely travel throughout the province during the winter season. All provincial highways are inspected regularly during the winter to determine if action is needed and to provide current information on road conditions for motorists. Manitoba Infrastructure monitors weather forecasts and plans its operations with a fleet of approximately 340 truck plows, de-icing equipment and motor graders.

The province has also invested over $400,000 in snow clearing agreement programs with 32 communities that are signed annually. These investments increase private sector participation and municipal government partnerships to stimulate economic growth and promote timely levels of service delivery.

Travellers should always check Manitoba 511 for current road conditions prior to making the decision to travel. 511 is updated regularly by the provincial road patrol but conditions can change in a matter of minutes, noted Schuler.


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