WINNIPEG, Man. — A dozen highways in Manitoba may have their speed limits kicked up a notch if a safety study is returned to the provincial government with favourable results.
The study would essentially determine if the speed limit on the Trans-Canada Highway should be raised from 100 km/h to 110 km/h once twinning of the major route is finished in late-2007. Should the speed boost get the green light, a number of other four-lane highways in the province would follow suit.
In total, if the initiative went forward, about 1,550 kilometres of highway in the province would adopt the increased speed limit. The move would also align Manitoba with its western neighbours, as Alberta and Saskatchewan portions of the Trans-Canada Highway currently have posted speed limits of 110 km/h.
The suggestion has found critics in the Manitoba Trucking Association. The Winnipeg Sun reported Bob Dolyniuk, general manager of the MTA, as saying a speed limit of 110 km/h would be bad for the economy and the environment; increasing fuel costs by about $8,000 per truck annually.
The province is currently looking for engineering firms to undertake the study and would likely make a decision by the summer of 2007.
— with files from the Winnipeg Sun
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