Manitoba Highway 1A

Provincial Trunk Highway 1A (PTH 1A) is the name used for two provincial primary highways located in the Canadian province of Manitoba. One is located within the city of Portage la Prairie and the other, within and west of the city of Brandon.

Provincial Trunk Highway 1A
Saskatchewan Avenue (Portage la Prairie), Victoria Avenue and 1st Street (Brandon)
Route information
Maintained by the Department of Infrastructure Provincial Government of Manitoba
Existed1959–present
Portage la Prairie segment
Length11.30 km (7.02 mi)
West end PTH 1 (TCH) west of Portage la Prairie
Major
junctions
PR 240 north (Tupper Street N.)
PR 240 south (5th Street S.E.)
East end PTH 1 (TCH) east of Portage la Prairie
Brandon segment
Length19.90 km (12.37 mi)
West end PTH 1 (TCH) near Kemnay
Major
junctions
PTH 10 (18th Street)
PR 457 east (Veterans Way)
East end PTH 1 (TCH) / PTH 10 in Brandon
Highway system
Manitoba provincial highways
Winnipeg City Routes
PTH 1PTH 2

Portage la Prairie section

The section at Portage la Prairie is also known as Saskatchewan Avenue and like most alternate spurs, it was the old route of PTH 1 until its current alignment was built. The highway is an alternate route that goes through Portage la Prairie. The highway in Portage la Prairie is 11.3 kilometres (7.0 mi) westbound and 10.7 kilometres (6.6 mi) eastbound. The speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph) within city limits unless otherwise posted, becoming 90 km/h (56 mph) on both sides approaching PTH 1.

The highway received its current designation after the Portage la Prairie bypass was completed and opened to traffic in 1970.[1]

Brandon section

This section serves Manitoba's second largest city, Brandon. As noted in the Portage la Prairie section, this was the original route for PTH 1 through Brandon prior to 1959.

PTH 1A is known as 1st Street north-south and Victoria Avenue east-west inside the city limits, and maintains an east-west designation for the entire route. The route is often used by trucks and buses to Brandon, as well as commuters and tourists and campers. The speed limit is mostly 50 km/h (31 mph) in the suburban area, and 100 km/h (62 mph) in the rural areas. The length of the highway is 19.9 kilometres (12.4 mi).

Large trucks travelling eastbound are not permitted to travel on the rural section of PTH 1A between Brandon and the Trans-Canada Highway near Kemnay due to a very low Canadian Pacific Railway bridge which passes over the highway just east of the small community; oversized trucks travelling westbound are rerouted on to a gravel road connecting PTH 1A and the Trans-Canada Highway less than 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) east of the underpass. Not only is the height of the bridge over the highway substandard (3.7 metres (12 ft)), there is no shoulder on either side of the highway. These factors make for a very tight entry into this area for both eastbound and westbound motorists. Despite the efforts of the Manitoba government to prevent oversized trucks from attempting to travel under this bridge (which include flashing overhead signs alerting overheight vehicles of the bridge and other signs directing these vehicles to either turn around and/or detour), there are still numerous incidents of trucks either crashing into the bridge or getting stuck in the opening, causing extended closures of the route.[2][3][4] Eastbound traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway encounters a sign advising vehicles above the 3.7m limit requiring access to Brandon to continue traveling on PTH 1 approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) before the junction.

The highway received its current designation when PTH 1 was configured around Brandon in 1959.[5]

References

KML is from Wikidata
  1. "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1969". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba.
  2. Semi-truck hits bridge near Brandon, shears off roof, CBC News - Manitoba, 2013, retrieved February 12, 2018
  3. Semi-trailer crashes into bridge, gets stuck for hours, CBC News - Manitoba, 2016, retrieved February 12, 2018
  4. Semi-trailer carrying $100K of pork breaks open after hitting bridge, CBC News - Manitoba, 2018, retrieved February 12, 2018
  5. "The Province of Manitoba Official Highway Map; 1959". Infrastructure and Transportation, Province of Manitoba.


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