Three new highway cameras in SW Manitoba

Drivers now have one more tool to help them be safer on the roads. The Manitoba government has installed 25 new road condition cameras, bringing the total to 33 around the province.

In the Virden and southwest region, cameras are now trained on the Trans-Canada Highway at Oak Lake and Brandon, and the intersection of Highways 83 and 2 near Reston. A camera was already in place at Kirkella.

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The cameras take fresh images at regular intervals, providing a snapshot of current road conditions. Motorists can check the latest images from all 33 cameras on the Manitoba 511 website or the mobile app.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler made the announcement last week.

“As every Manitoban knows, heading out on the highway in the winter poses some distinct challenges for motorists.

“The addition of 25 road condition cameras throughout the province will help Manitobans see what conditions are like on many of the roads they’re planning to drive on before they put their keys in the ignition.”

Road condition cameras have also been installed at these locations:
Trans-Canada Highway (PTH 1) at­ Oakville, Deacons Corner, West Hawk, Hadashville, west of PTH 12, Austin, PR 332;
PTH 5 at Ste. Rose south;
PTH 6 at Williams River, Devils Lake, junction of PTH 6 and PR 236, St. Laurent, Fairford and Ponton,
PTH 10 at Minnedosa, Souris River Valley, junction of PTH 10 and PTH 60, and Birch River;
PTH 16 (Yellowhead Highway) at Shoal Lake, Russell – Assiniboine Valley West, and Arden;
PTH 59/101 (North Perimeter Highway); and
PTH 75 at Ste. Agathe, junction of PTH 14 and PTH 75 (Letellier), Morris (north side of town) and Emerson (at the border).

“The cameras are strategically placed along roadways in the province to provide motorists and maintenance crews with a visual representation of road conditions,” said the minister.  “The number of cameras will be increased over time to bring more drivers another option to check road conditions.”

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