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Construction causing challenges for motorists

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Waverley West appears to be under a constant state of construction. Current and new residents must adjust to the construction, and most of the time residents can live harmoniously amidst all of the activity.


However, there are challenges to living in the area, as large trucks sometimes speed down residential streets, and construction vehicles are parked all over the area, creating driving difficulties.


As the construction is unlikely to stop anytime soon, residents need to know what rights and options they have when it comes to traffic.


Should you encounter a construction vehicle parked illegally, possibly blocking your driveway or street, first ask the vehicle to move. If the vehicle is passable, proceed with caution so as not to hit the construction vehicle, says Brian Smiley, media relations co-ordinator for Manitoba Public Insurance.


"The resident would be found to be at-fault in such a collision. The responsible party would also be assessed five demerit points on their driver safety rating," he says. "The onus is on the passenger vehicle to comply to speed limits and drive to road conditions. Despite a construction vehicle being parked illegally, the motorist must pass with caution and avoid the collision."


Smiley adds: "MPI does not conduct special training for construction companies. Such a responsibility would be that of the respective construction company."


Should you request that the construction vehicle move and the request is denied, an alternate route may be another option. A last resort would be to contact the Winnipeg Parking Authority to further address the problem and potentially ticket the offender. The Winnipeg Parking Authority can be reached by calling 986-6281 or 311.


A more dangerous concern in the area is the large trucks driving down residential streets on a daily basis. It is hoped that the large vehicles will stay below the speed limit to protect children and residents walking and playing in the area.


If residents notice a motorist driving dangerously in the area, they should call the Winnipeg Police Service’s non-emergency line at 986-6222. In the case of an accident, call 911.


If residents feel proper and safe driving practices are not being followed during construction in the area, it may be beneficial for the police service to increase its presence in Waverley West or introduce photo enforcement in the region.


Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at kristianaka@gmail.com.

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