Pilot project to help Winnipeg drivers navigate city's most dangerous intersections
Drivers will soon see warning signs at some high-collision intersections in Winnipeg.
Manitoba Public Insurance data from 2005-2014 shows nearly 10,000 collisions have taken place at Winnipeg’s top five crash intersections.
The worst offender is the intersection at Leila Avenue and McPhillips Street with 2,326 collisions over ten years.
Rounding out the top five high-collision locations:
- Kenaston Boulevard at McGillivray Boulevard – 2,298 collisions
- Kenaston Boulevard at Grant Avenue – 1,747 collisions
- Lagimodiere Boulevard at Regent Avenue – 1,700 collision
- Bishop Grandin Boulevard at St. Mary’s Avenue – 1,546 collisions
Manitoba Public Insurance – along with the city, Winnipeg police and CAA Manitoba – announced a two-year pilot program designed to enhance motorists’ awareness at these high-collision intersections.
The program kicked off Thursday and will use a mix of intersection signage, dedicated law enforcement and general public awareness at three of the five high collision corners: Leila Avenue and McPhillips Street, Kenaston Boulevard at McGillivray Boulevard and Bishop Grandin Boulevard at St. Mary’s Avenue.
“Road safety research also demonstrates that road safety education and awareness efforts are most effective when accompanied by visible enforcement,” said Ward Keith with Manitoba Public Insurance in a news release Thursday.
New signage will warn drivers they are approaching a “high-collision” intersection, and will have a secondary warning of “don’t follow too close.”
Rear-end collisions account for more than 50 per cent of total collisions, said MPI.
The signs will be placed on all approaches at Kenaston Boulevard at McGillivray Boulevard and Bishop Grandin Boulevard for the full duration of the two-year pilot project.
Special enforcement, funded by MPI, will also take place at those two inte during first year of the project.