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Roads Committee Report January 20, 2016

Posted on: January 25, 2016  |   ,

Presented by Stan Pogorzelec, Roads Committee Chair
Nothing new to report regarding Provincial Road 307 or other Park roads as work has now come to a halt, due to winter season. Roads, other than Block roads, are being cleared and in good condition for safe driving.

Roads Committee, consisting of myself, Tom Cutts and Ken Sommer met and presented our case to the Provincial Highways Review Board regarding the extension of the speed reduction further east of the boat launch service road at Betula Lake. A number of complaints and safety concerns have been raised over the years surrounding the hazard of slower traffic with boats and trailers, turning onto PR307. Vision is obscured due to the crest of a series of hills causing a good degree of inability to enter PR307 safely, by failing to see the on-coming traffic. There is only a short window of time and distance for either traffic to react properly to these hazards.

After a series of delays and postponements in the Safety Complaint Process with MIT and the engineers responsible for these problems or complaints, we were able to schedule a hearing with the Provincial Highways Review Board.

We made a strong case for safety before the board, and feel that all of the best effort and arguments were given. Of course, there was a rebuttal from MIT officials and engineers presented. We were able to provide excellent arguments to their challenges and are looking forward to a favourable decision. This decision will be handed down in the near future, although the Review Board has asked us to be patient as a lot of factors, details and challenges need to be considered or addressed before making the right decision.

We will keep our members posted as soon as we receive this decision.

2 responses to “Roads Committee Report January 20, 2016”

  1. balshawm says:

    I for one would ask that Speed limit on Hwy 1E be reduced to 90km/hr from where twinning ends/begins just W of Falcon Lake to match the 90km/hr limit right through Ontario 2 lane hwy. Frequent speeding begin at weigh scales coming west and curve at Barren lake frequently has trucks sliding off road, near head-ons and deer collisions.

    • starsub13 says:

      Reducing the speed limit will not help as most of the accidents are cause by over worked truckers.
      Two weeks ago there was a head on collision between two semi trailers.
      The accident was not caused due to speeding but by one of the drivers nodding off and going into the on coming lane causing the accident. Even with a 90 kph speed limit everyone still takes the 10kms and will travel at 100 kph anyway.
      It is unfortunate that Manitoba has many negligent drivers with very poor driving skills, which I feel is a larger problem than the speed limits
      Just my opinion.

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