Be safe on Manitoba roadways this winter

The snowplows are ready to go for the winter season. (file photo)

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It’s looking a lot like winter with snow covering the grass and temperatures well below zero and it is important to remember to drive to the conditions when travelling on Manitoba’s roads and highways this holiday season.

Manitoba Infrastructure reminds motorists to adjust their driving habits for winter conditions and to remain alert when following or approaching highway snowplow, as forecasts are calling for snow across many areas of the province in the coming weeks.

The province monitors weather forecasts and plans operations with its fleet of approximately 300 truck-plows, de-icing equipment and motor graders. All equipment has flashing blue warning lights and drivers should stay well back of all equipment. Manitobans should not attempt to pass a snowplow from behind any time it is in operation and slow down when passing approaching snowplows.

The priority is to clear driving lanes first, then shoulders, removing snow from bridges and snow adjacent to guard rails and from other built-up locations. Sanding, salting and de-icing will continue as required.

For the most recent information on road conditions or highway safety, visit www.manitoba511.ca, call 511 or follow the Twitter account for road closures at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads.  A Manitoba 511 app is available for download from the Manitoba Residents Portal at http://residents.gov.mb.ca/apps/511.html.

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