Drivers can see real-time road conditions on several Manitoba highways with video camera footage that can be viewed online.
The Manitoba government has at least five cameras already operating on highways across the province to feed real-time images of weather and road conditions to its 511 road conditions website.
The province is working on installing seven more cameras, bringing the total number to 12.
It's a "long way to go to where we need to be, I think, in the long term, but it's a good step in the right direction," Liz Peters, CAA Manitoba's corporate manager of communications, told CBC News on Monday.
Manitoba's 511 website's map currently shows eight cameras at the following locations:
- Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) at Highway 13.
- Highway 1 near Austin, Man.
- Highway 1 at Kirkella, Man., near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
- Highway 5 near Ste. Rose, Man.
- Highway 10 in the Souris River Valley area.
- Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) west of Russell, Man.
- Highway 75 at Highway 305.
- Highway 75 at Highway 14.
Peters pointed out that this province is miles behind Alberta, which has 103 similar cameras operating on its highways, and the Auto Association of Alberta gets 34 million hits a year on its websites that are linked to the cameras.
"It shows you that it's not that a person's going there once or twice a year; some people are going there every single day before they venture out on the road," she said. "So it's a huge asset and it will be for everybody."
Manitoba's new road cameras will operate on the Trans-Canada Highway as well as Highways 5 and 6, but Peters said more are needed.
"We definitely need them throughout — you know, four or five I can see between Winnipeg and the Pembina border crossing at minimum, and all the way to Saskatchewan and Ontario on [Highway] 1 at 100-kilometre increments would be very helpful," she said.
Peters said CAA Manitoba is looking at teaming up with the province to broadcast the highway camera feeds on CAA's website and on mobile apps.