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Winter Driving - What You Should Know

Highway Closures

The RCMP assesses weather and highway conditions and makes all decisions to close any road due to unsafe conditions.  MIT works with the RCMP on road closures. Visit the Manitoba RCMP website.

Road Info

Winter Maintenance Facts

Service levels
All Manitoba roads are grouped into one of the following three levels for winter operations:

Snowplowing
Plowing is scheduled based on the type of road and the level of traffic on it.



Level

Roadway Type

Service Summary

1

Major routes

travel lanes plowed within four hours after end of storm

2

Regional highway network -- surfaced

travel lanes plowed such that surface is predominantly visible within eight hours after plowing on level 2 roads begin

3

Gravel, access and service roads

roads plowed only after all other higher priority roads have been done, typically within 48 hours after the end of the storm

Motorists are reminded:

Ice and Traction Control
Sand and/or chemicals will be applied when needed.

Operations are scheduled based on the type of roadway and the level of traffic on it.


Level

Roadway Type

Service Summary

1

Major routes

as weather conditions permit; generally within four hours

2

Regional highway network -- surfaced

as weather conditions permit, once application begins, should receive coverage within eight hours

3

Gravel, access and service roads

when levels 1 and 2 have been completed and are treated during normal working hours

Traveller Info

Winter driving in Manitoba can be challenging. Know the weather and road conditions before heading out.

Road information is updated regularly. However, due to unexpected changes in the weather, actual road conditions may vary from the reports.  You can keep up to date by visiting the websites or following us on Twitter or calling 511.

Learn more about winter maintenance on this site and visit the driving in Manitoba page for information on drinking and driving, distracted driver, child restraints and other information related to driving in Manitoba.

These tips will help keep you safe on roads.

Remember:

Emergency Vehicles
Did you know that in Manitoba there is legislation (The Highway Traffic Act section 109.1) that regulates that when approaching and passing stopped emergency vehicles with their emergency lights activated drivers must slow down, be cautious and pass only when safe to do so. Drivers must move out of the lane that the emergency vehicle is stopped in. On multilane highways, you must move into a lane that is not next to the stopped vehicle. There are fines and/or penalties associated with violation under the act. For details please see: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ts-sr/emer-urg-vehics-eng.htm

 

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