The communities of Winkler and Morden have asked that traffic
lights be installed at the corner of two Manitoba highways that
intersect near their towns.
Many Garden Valley Collegiate students and teachers use this
busy intersection as they travel to work, school, and sports
activities and have expressed concerns about their safety. The
father of one GVC student was recently killed in an accident
at this intersection.
"Large trucks have a real problem making that corner
in time for oncoming traffic," says Peter George Dyck, Member
of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.
Dyck has been looking for support from the towns of Winkler,
Morden, and the rural municipality of Stanley. The Winkler and
Morden town councils recently sent a letter to Manitoba Highways
and Transportation, asking for lights at this corner. Dyck now
expects to hear about the matter from the Minister of Highways.
The four-lane expansion project went a long way toward speeding
traffic flow, Dyck notes. It has reduced potential accidents
related to a two-lane highway, but unfortunately, it has made
it difficult for north-south traffic to get onto the highway.
Dyck could not say how many fatalities have occurred at this
corner, but contends that even "one is too many." The
real issue, he says, is "one of safety for all."
It would cost about $350,000 to install the traffic lights
and nearly $15,000 a year to operate them. The lights would be
run by a central computer operated from one of the local communities.
Traffic lights have not yet been set up at this corner due to
the high costs and because such lights are also needed in many
other places in Manitoba.