New TCH gates bolster safety (December 03, 2001)

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PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — New safety gates and warning signs have been installed on the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) near here to assist with road closures during bad weather.

The $30,000 pilot project, announced on Nov. 9 by Manitoba Transportation and Government Services Minister Steve Ashton, features control gates that swing out across the traffic lanes, preventing vehicles from accessing the road beyond that point.

Each aluminum gate displays a reflective safety panel and is designed to detach easily if a vehicle were to drive into it. As part of the pilot project a number of traffic signs have also been installed along the highway to alert approaching motorists when the gates are in operation and the road is closed.

The control gates installed at Portage la Prairie are at five locations incliding on PTH 1A, at Drive Inn Road, at the city exit on the TCH, and near the Shell station.

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