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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

December 4, 2013

PROVINCE URGES DRIVERS TO STAY SAFE DURING WINTER STORM



With a winter storm in the current weather forecast, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation is asking drivers to drive to road conditions and to watch for snow-clearing equipment on highways and provincial roads. 

When weather events affect the provincial highway system, crews are sent out as needed, regardless of the time or day.

Drivers are reminded:

  • to check the weather forecast and driving conditions before travelling and to delay or cancel travel if it is not recommended,
  • to consider turning back or finding a safe place to stop if conditions get worse while driving,
  • that all maintenance equipment has flashing blue warning lights,
  • to stay well back of all equipment,
  • to always remain alert when following or approaching oncoming plows,
  • not to attempt to pass a plow in operation from behind at any time, and
  • to slow down when passing approaching snowplows in operation.

The Manitoba government is responsible for maintaining the 19,000-kilometre provincial highway system.  The province began expanding and renewing the winter highways fleet in 2007 and has since replaced 132 truck plows, 51 graders, 39 wheel loaders and 12 snowblowers.

The latest information on road conditions is available anytime by calling 511 (toll-free) or online at www.mb511.ca.  Updates on road closures and RCMP travel notifications can be received by following the Twitter account at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads

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