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Motorists urged to use caution around snow-clearing crews

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The province’s snow-clearing crews will be out in full force this weekend, and motorists should beware.

The Infrastructure and Transportation Department issued an alert telling motorists to be on the lookout for snow-clearing equipment, warning that crews will be deployed as needed around the clock.

The Manitoba government is responsible for maintaining a 19,000-kilometre highway system.

The department reminded motorists to stay well back of snow-clearing equipment and never to pass a working plow from behind. It also advised drivers to slow down when passing approaching plows. All such equipment are equipped with flashing blue warning lights.

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation has a winter operations budget of more than $33 million. About $14 million is set aside for annual snow clearing.

The latest information on road conditions are available any time at 511 (toll-free), at www.mb511.ca or by following the Twitter account @MBGovRoads.

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