Say good­bye to lights on South Perime­ter

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — The Cana­dian Press

Work is set to start on a plan that could even­tu­ally see all traf­fic lights re­moved from the South Perime­ter high­way around Win­nipeg.

Man­i­toba In­fras­truc­ture Min­is­ter Ron Schuler says over the next three years, 23 smaller in­ter­sec­tions along the road will ei­ther be closed or have left-turns and me­dian open­ings elim­i­nated.

Schuler says that work is part of an im­me­di­ate plan to in­crease safety on the heav­ily-trav­elled road, which is part of the Trans-canada High­way sys­tem, and will cost $19 mil­lion.

An­other fea­ture is the first round­about on Man­i­toba’s high­way net­work, which is sched­uled to open next week just off the high­way on an ad­ja­cent road south­west of the city.

Schuler says all six traf­fic-light in­ter­sec­tions on the perime­ter road will re­main for now, but will be ex­am­ined as part of a study due out next year that will map out fu­ture changes.

He says the goal is to even­tu­ally — over the next few decades — have trucks and other traf­fic flow freely around the city.

“The safety plan is the first step in ad­vanc­ing the longterm vi­sion of the South Perime­ter as a fully ac­ces­si­ble con­trolled free­way,” Schuler said Fri­day.

“We know that there is up to 40,000 — 50,000 ve­hi­cles (per day) and grow­ing. It’s one of the most im­por­tant eco­nomic cor­ri­dors.”

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Traf­fic lights on the South Perime­ter high­way may soon be a thing of the past.

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