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New highway cameras show conditions on Manitoba roads

Drivers can see real-time road conditions on several Manitoba highways with video camera footage that can be viewed online.

The Manitoba government has at least five cameras already operating on highways across the province to feed real-time images of weather and road conditions to its 511 road conditions website.

The province is working on installing seven more cameras, bringing the total number to 12.

It’s a “long way to go to where we need to be, I think, in the long term, but it’s a good step in the right direction,” Liz Peters, CAA Manitoba’s corporate manager of communications, told.

Manitoba’s new road cameras will operate on the Trans-Canada Highway as well as Highways 5 and 6, but Peters said more are needed.

“We definitely need them throughout — you know, four or five I can see between Winnipeg and the Pembina border crossing at minimum, and all the way to Saskatchewan and Ontario on [Highway] 1 at 100-kilometre increments would be very helpful,” she said.

 

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