The Manitoba government has installed new solar-powered cameras along some provincial highways to give drivers a real-time look at road conditions.
Five existing cameras are located on the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 75. Seven additional sites will provide road and weather information on the Trans-Canada Highway, Highways 5, 16 and at two sites each on Highways 6 and 10.
“The new cameras will transmit constantly updated photos of road conditions to the provincial highways website and mobile devices, allowing Manitobans to see what they may be driving into,” said Infrastructure and Transportation Minster Steve Ashton. “This new feature strengthens the government’s 511 service, which already provides current road information, to help drivers determine before they depart if there are challenging conditions or the RCMP have closed roads.”
CAA Manitoba says they have long advocated the province to install such cameras, especially after seeing success with similar programs in other provinces.
The cameras, which come at a cost of $10,000 each with only subpar resolution, can be viewed at MB511.ca.