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Traffic Waits Patiently in Headingley for Highway to Reopen

March 12, 2011 3:44 PM | News

A lineup of vehicles sit behind barricades in Headingley at Highway 1 waiting to travel westbound on Saturday, March 12, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

Vehicles wait for Highway 1 westbound to open in Headingley on Saturday afternoon. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

The westbound lanes of Highway 1 from Headingley to Portage la Prairie remained closed Saturday afternoon.

The stretch of highway was closed Friday night due to blowing and drifting snow, creating near zero visibility from Winnipeg city limits to the Saskatchewan border.

By early Saturday, Highway 1 west from Portage la Prairie to Brandon had reopened, but motorists waiting in Headingley were still out of luck.

Manitoba Highways says the road remains closed due to numerous accidents that need to be cleared away. Maintenance crews haven’t had a chance to tend to the highway and plow away drifts until stranded and stalled motorists are moved.

The latest road conditions can be found on the province’s website or by calling 1-877-MB-ROADS (1-877-627-6237).

UPDATE: 4:42 p.m. — All westbound lanes from Headingley have reopened.