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Photo Radar on Bishop Grandin Still Confusing Motorists

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A ChrisD.ca reader writes:

I used to think that if you got a ticket from the photo radar you deserved it. I recently got one and was prepared to pay the price until I looked a little closer. In the picture taken there was no evidence of construction at all. My speed was 76, so I was obviously either decreasing speed to approach the construction zone or accelerating to leave one. As far as the ticketers were concerned I didn’t slow down fast enough or I sped up too quickly. I’m all for ticketing those who deserve it…but come on! Lets punish those who put others’ lives in danger…not bend the truth to ticket as many people as possible.
Now i see why some people feel this is a cash grab.

-Lindsay

We checked with the city regarding this specific situation. A spokesperson said, “There is an ongoing Capital Project on eastbound Bishop Grandin Boulevard between Lakewood Boulevard and Lagimodiere Boulevard. The curb lane is closed in this area for construction and they are scheduled to be paving next week. The lane closure is expected to flip from the curb lane to the median lane after the long weekend so that the median lane can be rehabilitated. There is a full time 60 km/h speed limit in effect in the construction zone in consideration of the proximity of workers and barricades to moving traffic and differences in roadway elevations due to construction.”

These are similar circumstances to what the city told us back in June regarding photo radar being present on Bishop Grandin near the Pembina Highway offramp. Now you know.

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Photo Radar in Empty Construction Zone Sparks Concern

Photo Radar

Those mobile photo radar vehicles were very busy this past weekend — especially in construction zones with no workers present. Wait, what?!

Several ChrisD.ca readers sent in e-mails beginning Saturday up until Monday afternoon voicing their concerns on a particular issue.

Reportedly, on Saturday night there was a radar van stationed on Bishop Grandin facing eastbound just near Pembina Highway. Construction is underway on the Fort Garry Bridge, but all was quiet between 7 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

One reader writes:

I don’t pretend to know a lot about how photo radar works, but shouldn’t there be workers on site when those mobile units are placed in the area? There was a red van sitting idle on Bishop Grandin facing east toward River Road on Saturday night at around 7:30 p.m. No workers were present at all. Is this legal?

Another reader:

Just a tip: there’s a mobile radar vehicle parked on Bishop Grandin near the bridge where construction is being done. There are no workers present in the area.

In January, a court ruling stated the photo radar tickets are only valid if workers are present at the construction site.

We reached out to inquire about this issue on Monday afternoon. A provincial press secretary noted that photo radar is operated by the City of Winnipeg, and all inquiries should be directed to them.

However, those who feel that radar should have not been present in an empty construction zone are in for a surprise, as it’s completely legal during certain circumstances:

  • The city can use photo radar when workers are present or when the construction zone poses a risk to motorists.
  • The city determines whether a construction zone is safe or dangerous.
  • If a construction zone is deemed dangerous even when no workers are present, the lower speed limit is in force, so long as the signage is in place alerting motorists to the construction zone.

UPDATE: 4:29 p.m. — The City of Winnipeg got back to us on this issue and provided the following useful information: “The traffic management plan for the construction zone along Bishop Grandin includes a full time speed limit reduction to 60 km for the duration of the construction project on the Fort Garry Bridge. This was implemented on the basis of curves in the roadway, narrowed lanes and a complex driving environment in the area of the detour and approaching roadways. The site is clearly marked where the construction zone begins and ends. Motorists are required to abide by the speed limit signs which are in effect 24 hours a day.”

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