The unpaved section of Hwy 340 in the Province of Manitoba (Canada), between Wawanesa and CFB Shilo, is treacherous, unstable, and dangerous. It needs to be paved to improve safety. There are several accidents each year on this small 8 km stretch due to road conditions on this particular section.
In addition, the traffic count far exceeds the required amount of 400 per day to have it paved. This highway is used as a commuter road (for both civilians and soldiers), as well as for transport vehicles, and military training road for off-base driving, and as a main access route for emergency and essential services.
The gravel and dirt not only create visibility issues, but also cause thousands of dollars in damages to vehicles each year.
The gravel is unstable and makes it difficult to maintain vehicle control. In the winter, the stability is far worse due to not only being unable to plow gravel roads effectively, but also as the integrity of the road warps due to extreme weather changes. Were it paved this would not be an issue.
On either side of this unpaved section, the highway is paved and is considered relatively safe. It makes no sense to have a small unpaved and unsafe section.
We the undersigned, call on the government of the Province of Manitoba to immediately pave the unpaved section of Hwy 340 between CFB Shilo and Wawanesa to improve and ensure the safety of everyone using it.
The Pave Hwy 340 Manitoba between Wawanesa and CFB Shilo petition to Manitoba, Canada was written by Andrew Farrow and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.