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Province Launches Study to Consider Potential Safety Solutions at Site of Fatal Crash

Province Launches Study to Consider Potential Safety Solutions at Site of Fatal Crash.
Premier Wab Kinew

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, January 9, 2024 - Premier Wab Kinew and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Lisa Naylor convened today to address the aftermath of the tragic highway collision near Carberry that claimed the lives of seventeen Manitobans last June. In a solemn gathering with affected families and survivors, they unveiled the findings of a comprehensive road safety review and outlined a $12 million investment to enhance safety at the intersection.

Minister Naylor expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy's impact and stated, "This collision will be remembered as a tragic event that profoundly affected many Manitobans and beyond. While we cannot undo the pain these families are experiencing, we are committed to taking steps to improve safety at this intersection for the future."

The Manitoba government is set to launch a functional design study based on recommendations from third-party engineers who conducted the in-service road safety review. The study will explore the three safest options for intersection improvements, with the province dedicating $12 million to implement the most effective solution. Public engagement will be integral to the functional design process, allowing citizens to provide valuable input and feedback.

Premier Kinew, acknowledging the emotional toll on the affected families, announced financial support for community initiatives to commemorate the tragedy. He stated, "We have heard from families and local municipal leaders who are working to honour their loved ones with a memorial, and we want them to know the Manitoba government is ready to come to the table to support this project."

In the wake of the June 15, 2023 collision, Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure initiated a road safety strategy to assess immediate and long-term improvements at the Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 1 and PTH 5 intersection. Immediate actions included installing crucial intersection and speed limit signs, renewing pavement markings, reinstating rumble strips on PTH 5, and replacing existing signage.

To further enhance highway safety statewide, the Manitoba government will adopt a safe system approach, incorporating the establishment of a permanent road safety unit to oversee improvements throughout the highway network. This multifaceted response aims to prevent future tragedies and ensure the safety of all travelers on Manitoba's roads.

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