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MANITOBA RAISES SPEED LIMIT ON TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY

Winnipeg – Manitoba will increase the speed limit along the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg to the Saskatchewan border on June 2, 2015

The speed limit is to increase to 110 km/h from 100 km/h on most twinned sections of the highway, Premier Greg Selinger announced Thursday

“Manitobans have been asking for an increase in speed limits when safety allows it on the Trans-Canada Highway,” Selinger said. “By gradually implementing this increase as we have been upgrading sections of the national highway, we’ve been able to incorporate safety measures including improving intersections, paving shoulders, creating rumble strips, and installing better signage and guardrails.”

The changes were originally announced in a Manitoba throne speech in 2014.

According to the CBC, areas around Virden, Brandon, Carberry, Portage la Prairie, Elie and Headingley are excluded from the increased speed limit because of road geometry and traffic signal locations.

The government says other improvements to the highway east of Portage la Prairie that were started last year are to be completed this summer.

As the Sun points out, the speed limit from Virden to Saskatchewan was increased to 110 km/h in 2009 as was the 28-km stretch of Hwy. 75 from St. Jean Baptiste to Emerson. At the same time, the province increased speeding fines; for example, the fine for 10 to 34 km/h over was increased by between $27 and $171.

“Motorists are expected to drive according to weather conditions as well as to obey posted speed limits. If drivers choose not to follow the posted speed, they should be prepared to pay a hefty fine,” Selinger said.

Drivers who use this stretch every day say they already drive 110 km/h now, so the speed limit might as well change.

Callum Timings called his daily commute to work from Winnipeg to Portage la Prairie repetitive and monotonous. “It’s a long straight piece of road where there is not much going on normally,” he said.

He wishes he could make the drive more quickly, so he likes the possibility of increasing the speed limit to 110 km/h.

“You’d be able to get there a bit faster and, (because) you know you’re getting there a bit faster, it makes it easier to pay attention to what’s going on around you,” he said.

Throughout the prairie provinces, the speed limit varies from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 110 km/h. Most of Highway 1 through Alberta and Saskatchewan is 110 km/h.

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