“Speed Bump” Removed at Niverville Intersection


Dustin Krahn

Earlier this year, the Province of Manitoba entered into a cost-sharing agreement with Sunset Estates, the developer of The Highlands and owner of Old Drovers Run, to make much-needed improvements to the intersection of Highway 311 and Krahn Road. Notably, a pair of turning lanes were installed to ease traffic at the busy corner. The costs were shared roughly 50/50.

“This kind of public-private funding model offers important investments in local infrastructure,” says Shannon Martin, MLA for Morris. “Our Progressive Conservative government is proud to partner with Sunset Estates in the improvement of this important intersection.”

The total cost for the initial work equalled approximately $700,000, although in the following months many residents were critical of the finished product. The new turning lanes certainly did improve the flow of traffic, but a significant “speed bump” was inadvertently created for drivers travelling east into Niverville along the 311. The bump had a steep enough grade that some drivers reported nearly going airborne despite driving at the posted speed limit.

Since that time, the speed limit on that section of road has been lowered.

In October, traffic cones once again went up at the corner and crews arrived to level the troubled section of road. After a couple of days of construction, the proverbial speed bump was removed.

Len Peters of Sunset Estates says that his company took on the full cost of the second repair job. They had the option of once again applying for a cost-sharing agreement with the province, although he says that would have delayed the repairs and he wanted to ensure the road was fixed as soon as possible.

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